Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has pronounced Wednesday, 3rd May, a public holiday to acknowledge the planned visit of the President-elect, Bola Tinubu to the state.
He announced this in a state broadcast on Tuesday, 2nd May. During the broadcast, he revealed that Tinubu is meant to stay for two-days, Wednesday and Thursday, to commission some projects in the state.
The projects include the Rumuokwuta-Rumuola flyover and the newly built Magistrate Court Complexes in Obio/Akpor and Port-Harcourt L.G.A‘s, respectively.
“For us, it is an honour to the government and people of Rivers State to host the President-elect on this historic visit. Consequently, I urge all Rivers citizens to come out en masse to receive our President-Elect, His Excellency Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and display the traditional Rivers hospitality as he commissions these legacy projects to God’s glory and the advancement of our development,” Wike said.
He told residents of the state to unitedly come out to welcome the President-elect. He also directed that all business along the Rumuokwuta-Rumuola road be closed between 8 AM and 3 PM on Wednesday, when the flyover project will be commissioned.
Wike continued, “Given this, I hereby declare Wednesday, 3rd May 2023, a public holiday to enable the people of Rivers State to receive our President-Elect rousingly.
“Furthermore, all shops and business premises along Rumuola to Rumuokwuta roads in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the State shall remain closed from 8.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. on Wednesday, 3rd May 2023. I urge all labour unions and security agencies to comply with this closure order.”
This will be the first official visit of the President-elect to any state since his victory at the Presidential polls.