The governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has proclaimed Wednesday a state holiday in preparation for the upcoming visit of President-elect Bola Tinubu.
In a state broadcast on Tuesday, Governor Wike announced that Tinubu is scheduled to tour the state on Wednesday and Thursday for a two-day visit to inaugurate various projects.
He included the Rumuokwuta-Rumuola flyover and the newly constructed Magistrate Court Complex in Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas, respectively, on the roster of projects.
“It is a privilege for the government and people of Rivers State to host the President-elect during this historic visit,” the governor said. Wike stated, “Therefore, I urge all Rivers citizens to turn out en masse to receive our President-Elect, His Excellency Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and to display the traditional Rivers hospitality as he commissions these legacy projects to the glory of God and the advancement of our development.”
The governor urged residents of the state to turn out in large numbers to give the President-elect a cordial welcome, and he ordered businesses along the Rumuokwuta-Rumuola road to close between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesday, when the flyover project will be inaugurated.
“In light of the foregoing, I hereby decree May 3, 2023 a public holiday so that the people of Rivers State can enthusiastically welcome our newly-elected president.
“Additionally, all shops and commercial establishments along the roadways from Rumuola to Rumuokwuta in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the State shall be closed from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3, 2023. I strongly urge all labour unions and security agencies to adhere to this closure order,” he added.