Monday, 29 November 2021

C'River Govt Suspends 2021 Carnival Calabar, See Reasons


According to information reaching our newsroom, the Cross River State Government have concluded plans to suspend the 2021 edition of its signature Tourism Event Carnival Calabar. TDN can authoritatively report. 

This is contained in a statement made available to TDN from office of the Commissioner for Health, Cross River State, Dr. Betta Edu who is also Chairman of Forum of Commissioners For Health in Nigeria. 

According to the document, the suspension of the much anticipated Carnival is due to the advent of a new variant of COVID-19 known as Omicron.
According to the statement, the Variant dangerous and won't portray good image for the Governor. 

Edu informed that it pains her that the state won't be hosting the tourism event for the second time in two successive years, even as the decision was arrived at after members of the 2021 Carnival Calabar Planning Committee made up of some State Executive Council members had to vote over three times to arrive at the decision. 

"...We voted more than 3 times to arrive at No Carnival this year, for the best interest of Cross Riverians! I'm sad off course as I wanted Carnival for 2021 but the majority carried the day. 

Dear Cross Riverians we need to be alive first to enjoy Christmas and  Carnival. The New COVID-19 Variant is dangerous and won't portray good image for the Governor who is the hero of COVID-19 Prevention. 

One of the speaker and former Minister of Culture and Tourism, High Chief Edem Duke even opined that it would be a mockery for a state whose Commissioner for Health, Dr Betta Edu is the Chairman of Nigerian Commissioners of Health Forum to hold carnival amidst the dangers of the new COVID-19 wave." The statement reads.

Vanguard News also reported that