The authorities of Rivers state have placed a momentary ban on the operation of motorcycles and tricycles in Gokana and Khana local government areas of the state, following the planned visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the state on Thursday, June 2, 2016.
The prohibition, which would be effective between 6am to 6pm, was announced by the state governor, Nyesom Wike, in a broadcast on Wednesday.
He said: “As part of measures to enhance security during Mr. President’s visit, I hereby place a ban on the operations of motorcycles and tricycles in Gokana and Khana LGAs between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday, 2nd June 2016. The security agencies have been directed to enforce this ban and ensure full compliance.
“I call on Rivers people, particularly the people of Ogoniland, to come out in great numbers and give our amiable President a rousing welcome during his visit.”
Mr. Wike also explained that the president’s visit was “historic” in two ways: one, it was his first to the state since he (Buhari) assumed office, and secondly, it was for “the largest environmental clean-up in our nation’s history”.
The president is expected to be in Rivers State today to inaugurate the clean-up of the Ogoniland ravaged by oil spill and production degradation.
The clean-up will be inaugurated at Numuu-Tekuru Waterfront in Bodo-Ogoni, Gokana local government in line with the recommendations of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report on Ogoniland’s environmental assessment.