Thursday, 7 December 2017

2017 Carnival Calabar and Festivals: Ayade set to Light up Xmas/Tree

11/11 roundabout decorated for xmas (Photo Credit: GHP)
|7th December, 2017| Ukorebi Esien 

All is now set for the digital governor of Cross River state, Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade to light up the Christmas tree light, street lights and other Christmas lights strategically located in some major roundabouts across Calabar metropolis on the 11th of December, 2017. TDN can report.

The Special Adviser to the Cross River State governor on Events Management, Mr. Ken Aklah, disclosed this to newsmen, Wednesday, at the Ernest Etim Bassey Press Centre, Calabar, while unveiling the timetable for the event, Carnival Calabar.

The Special Adviser who was in the company of the Commissioners for information and oreintation, Tourism and Culture in persons of Rosemary Acchibong and Eric Anderson respectively,  the MD of Carnival Commission, Mr. Gabe Onah, and other members of the 2017 Carnival Calabar team,  disclosed  that  the governor had delibrately shifted the tree lighting even to second week of December so as to allow everyone be in the spirit of xmas before lighting up the trees, he also argued that this gives the government more time to make sure all logistics are in place  for and uninterupted festivity.

On security, Aklah explained that operational vehicles have been handed over to the various security agencies in the state and are already stationed at strategic positions, adding that, "a security camp has also been established and furnished at the Christmas village."

He disclosed that the last dry run before the Carnival proper will hold on December 17.

This he pointed out "will be flagged off by the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to ensure that Cross River remains relevant as the flagship of tourism."

Other additions into the Carnival, Aklah disclosed, is the introduction of Power Week which starts from December 26 with cultural carnival where 22 states and the 18 local government areas in the state will be participating.

Bikers parade and Miss Africa beauty pageant will take place on December 27, while 28 is the actual carnival and 29 will see viewers watching another newly introduced package tagged, "wonders on wheel for vintage cars and convertibles."

International Carnival is slated for the night of December 29, green carnival and street party will hold on December 30 while the fireworks to herald the new year will hold on 31.

In their various remarks, Commissioners for Information and Orientation as well as Tourism, Rosemary Archibong and Eric Anderson respectively, averred that the introduction of more packages into the event was to truly make it bigger, better and bolder, adding that, it will create an avenue for multiplying effect in the society.

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