Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared Wednesday, May 3, 2023, a public holiday to enable the people of Rivers State give the president-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a rousing welcome.

The president-elect during his two days official visit to Rivers State is scheduled to commission the Rumuola/Rumuokwuta Flyover and the ultra-modern Magistrates’ Court Complex, Port Harcourt, on Wednesday, May 3 and Thursday, May 4, 2023, respectively.

Governor Wike, in a state broadcast on Tuesday said during Tinubu’s presidential campaign visit to Rivers State, he had indicated intention to have him commission some strategic projects in the state after the general elections.

This was contained in a statement issued by Kelvin Ebiri, media aide to Wike and sent to newsmen.

Wike, according to the statement, said a formal invitation was sent to the president-elect after the general elections, which he graciously accepted.

Wike explained that the proposed visit to Rivers State is Tinubu’s first official visit to any state since he emerged as the president-elect of Nigeria.

He stated, “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.

“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.”

Wike has therefore, enjoined Rivers people to come out in great numbers and give, “our amiable president-elect a rousing welcome during his visit.”

The Punch Newspaper


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