The governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has declared Wednesday, 3rd May 2023, a public holiday in Rivers State, to enable the people of the state to give the President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a rousing welcome.
President-elect Tinubu, during his two-day official visit to Rivers State is scheduled to commission the Rumuola/Rumuokwuta Flyover and the ultra-modern Magistrates’ Court Complex, Port Harcourt, on Wednesday 3rd and Thursday, 4th May 2023, respectively.
Wike informed that a formal invitation has been sent to the President-elect after the general elections, which he graciously accepted.
The governor also explained that the proposed visit to Rivers State is Asiwaju Tinibu’s first official visit to any state since he emerged as the President-elect of Nigeria.
Wike informed that with the visit, the President-elect will join the long list of distinguished Nigerians Rivers State had hosted to either flag-off or commission landmark projects.
He said, “For us, it is an honor 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 mass 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, therefore, enjoined the people of Rivers State to come out in large numbers and give “our amiable President-elect a rousing welcome during his visit.”