The Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has expressed optimism that the 2016 Calabar Carnival, would have a multiplier effect on not just the state but Nigeria’s economy.
He believes the event hold lots of opportunities for entrepreneurs from all over the world, who would participate in the exercise beginning from the preparatory period, to the climax of the event in January 2017.
According to the Governor, traffic is already being experienced in different sectors, following lots of activities that have heralded the event, thereby encouraging those yet to make up their minds on participating to do so.
He disclosed this at the flag-off of the second mop-up exercise, ahead of the main event, which had five bands participating.
The Calabar Carnival, adjudged as Africa’s biggest street party, is a showcase of the rich cultural heritage of the people of Cross River State for over a decade now.
Prior to the carnival, the state holds three dry runs to enable participating bands get familiar with the carnival routes to enable them function optimally at the main event.
The second dry run flagged off at the Millenniums park, had the Governor and his wife as well as many dignitaries, present to witness the event.
Governor Ayade who stormed the arena riding on a bicycle alongside his wife, added color to the flag-off.
He expressed excitement that the 2016 edition would indeed be “bigger and better”.