By Patrick Anum
The Plateau State Government in a Press Statement has declared the 15th of November 2022 as a public holiday due to the arrival of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to flag off the All Progressive Congress’s Campaign at the Rwang Pam National Stadium through Dan Manjang in a press statement on the 14th on November 2022.
The State Government justified its position by stating that there is an anticipated and foreseen congestion and disruption to movement and other activities in the State due to the Presidents arrival.
The Governor in the press statement was seen to encourage the people of Plateau State to come out and give the President a rousing welcome to the fury of residents of Plateau who see this as using state power for political means and purposes.
Residents were seen on the Facebook page of the Plateau State Government showing their displeasure of the announcement.
A Daspan Mutia complained of the misplaced focus of the State Government while a Gloria Ogochukwu through a post complained as to why there was such utter disregard for education in the State as a public holiday was uncessary in the wake of resumption of the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities after several Months.
Samuel Joshua Olowoniyi reiterated Daspan’s position by speaking about the shutdown of the state for party activities which echoed a misplacement of priorities in the State
Others called out the hypocrisy of the government to the welfare of the state.
The statement reads;
This is to inform the public that the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR will arrive Plateau State on Tuesday, 15th November, 2022.
The President is expected to flag-off the All Progressives Congress campaign at the Rwang Pam Township Stadium, Jos at 10:00 a.m. same day.
In view of the traffic congestion that is envisaged and resultant disruption to movement and other activities, His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Plateau Rt. Hon. (Dr) Simon Bako Lalong, KSG, CON has approved that Tuesday 15th November, 2022 be declared as work-free.
By this declaration therefore, the public is hereby enjoined to come out enmasse to give the President a rousing welcome.
Dan Manjang, mnipr
Honourable Commissioner for Information.