Residents of Port Harcourt who do business around the Rumuola-Rumukwuta axis will have to endure hardship for at least seven hours on Wednesday, as their way of appreciating the governor, Nyesom Wike for giving them a flyover which will be commissioned by the president-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Their shops will have to be shut between the hours of 8am and 3pm when the commissioning of the Rumukwuta flyover is expected to take place.
Also, there won’t be thorough fare around that axis; meaning that cab drivers who eke out a living plying that route will have to look elsewhere. Expectedly, there will be traffic snarl around environs.
The governor who gave this indication also announced Wednesday as a public holiday to enable Rivers people come out to receive Tinubu.
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.
He said a formal invitation was sent to the president-elect after the general elections, which he graciously accepted.
“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 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 said.