Yenagoa, capital of Bayelsa state has been shut down to trading and social activities as the first adopted daughter of President Goodluck Jonathan, Faith Sakwe Elizabeth weds her heartthrob, Prince Osim Godswill Edward today.
Report reaching us indicated that the popular Saturday market at Kpansia, the state capital, has been closed down on the orders of the state government. Traders from neighbouring states who usually convey their goods to the market through the Sani Abacha road have been compelled to take obscure roads.
Some traders are already complaining about the closure which they said would throw them into huge financial losses.
A trader, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said it is unfair to bring the commercial and social activities of the people in the community to a standstill, because of wedding of one person.
“Closing some strategic roads because of the wedding is ill-advised. They should have devised a much better approach to managing the situation. The situation is not good enough,” she said.
Some roads leading to Jonathan’s private residence along Kpansia in the state capital have also been closed to traffic, forcing motorists to make a detour and follow longer routes to access their destinations. The closure of some roads had resulted in gridlock in some parts of the city as motorists groan.
As at yesterday, security, provided by combined efforts of the police and soldiers, had been tightened around the state capital even as the wife of the President, Dame Patience Jonathan, had arrived the state about two days earlier.
President Goodluck Jonathan arrived at the state capital for the wedding yesterday, with dignitaries from all walks of life, including top government functionaries and politicians, flooding Yenagoa for the ceremony.