Security beefed up
By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURTâ€”AHEAD of the two- day official visit of President Goodluck Jonathan to Rivers State today, security has been beefed up in all corners of the state capital.
At press time Thursday, Air force helicopters were seen hovering, apparently on surveillance.
Meanwhile, the state capital was already agog with preparations for the visit, with contractors handling some of the projects to be inspected putting finishing touches to the jobs.
The state Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, was also seen going round the state capital to ensure that everything was firmly in place for the visit.
Some ex-militants who spoke to Vanguard on phone, said they had made banners and other flyers to receive the President.
Some of them said they had designed T-shirts with special inscriptions lauding Jonathan.
President Jonathan was originally scheduled to come to the state on a three-day visit but it was suddenly scaled down to two days.
Rivers State government said even with the development, the President would execute all the programmes that were initially drawn for the three days.
The state government also announced that some roads would be closed to traffic in the state capital because of the visit.
Commenting on the visit, some residents of the state capital described it as homecoming for the President who has lived a greater number of his years in Port Harcourt.
They also hoped that he would unveil the Federal Governmentâ€™s short, medium and long term programme for the region.
Some of them pleaded with the government to immediately commence implementation of the recommendations of the Niger Delta Technical Committee set up by late President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua.