15 Governors, Ambassadors To Grace Carnival Calabar

15 Governors, Ambassadors To Grace Carnival CalabarGovernor of Cross River State, Prof Ben Ayade, has disclosed that no fewer than 15 governors, ambassadors and other top government functionaries are expected to participate in the December 28 event at the Carnival Calabar 2016.

Ayade disclosed this to newsmen at the Margaret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar shortly on arrival from the maiden edition of Imo carnival held in Owerri, the Imo State capital, were he and over 250 carnival troupe from Cross River State participated.

The Governor described the synergy as a welcome development as it will promote healthy competition, confirming that “a lot of governors have indicated that they will be here for our carnival this year.”

Offering further insight on his participation in the maiden Imo carnival, Ayade explained that, “Rochas thought it was wise for me to participate in the Imo Carnival to add value to the event as well as offer them the opportunity to learn from the masters themselves”, adding that with this kind of synergy and collaboration, “you will see the carnival taking a different level”.

Ayade who was not unmindful of the fact that Imo Carnival is starting stronger and may likely become a brand to reckon with said: “I have no fear in my mind that with the way Governor Rochas Okorocha is going, he is definitely going to give Carnival Calabar a big fight in the next one or two years.

“Like I promised Nigerians and indeed tourists all over the world, this year’s Carnival will be something to remember because of its rich content and it is taking a different dimension.

“As we speak, I just received a message from an international agency which will be revealed”.

Ayade further said: “With all these taking place, Cross River will soon become a final signature not just for Carnival but for tourism in sub-Saharan Africa which is why we taught it wise to build a special tourism city known as Calas Vegas to be sited in Calabar twin island to complement these efforts to attract more visitors”.

Popular Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon Storms Calabar For Carnival

calabar-carnival-attireThe 2016 Carnival Calabar has acquired more exciting flavours, with the confirmation that popular children’s cartoon network, Nickelodeon, will be participating at this year’s carnival.

Making this disclosure in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital, Special Adviser to the Governor on Events, Mr Ken Ahkla, said the coming of Nickelodeon was good news to families.

“The cartoon network will for four days organise family and children’s funfair at Tinapa and the funfair is the alternative to the yearly children Carnival,” Mr Akhla said.

He further disclosed that “the event will be used by the network in their programme that is broadcast all over the world and is also expected to help grow potentials of home vendors for children events”.

In a related development, another entertainment giant that will be making first appearance at Carnival Calabar is Nikon.

The Japanese camera maker is to set up an academy in Calabar to train young enthusiasts on the art of photography.

Cross River State To Get Pharmaceutical Company

Cross River-AyadeThe Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has announced plans by his administration to site a pharmaceutical company in the state.

He said the company would be in operation on or before the first quarter of 2017.

According to the Governor, the initiative emanated from not only the conceptualisation of two of his major projects – the deep seaport and the superhighway – but the peace and tranquillity in the state.

He said that the peaceful atmosphere had attracted large foreign participation at the just concluded Carnival Calabar, culminating in investors pouring into the state.

The Governor, who was visited on a courtesy call by the would-be investors, Healthage Nigeria limited, disclosed that, his administration would continually support any investor interested in the state with provision of land in a best business location to invest on.

Governor Ayade urged investors to also consider adding up a cosmetic section to an aspect of the factory for larger sales, considering the high demand of cosmetics by households.

He assured the investors of huge turnaround of their products in the state and country at large.

The Governor commended the team for the commitment shown towards the course, assuring them of the state government’s total support towards its realisation in the shortest possible time.

Making a presentation to the governor and some of his aides on the company’s mandate, the Director, Operations, Healthage Nigeria limited, Farhan Ahmad Khan, expressed his firm’s readiness to carry out the job aimed at emulating Pakistan in showcasing the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) approved factory with registered products from the National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control.

Mr Farhan said the pharmaceutical company would among other things; prevent capital flight by producing drugs that were hitherto being imported into the country, thereby replicating their wealth of experience in Cross River State.

Cross River Govt. Unveils 2014 Carnival Calabar Theme

Calabar carnivalThe Carnival Calabar often referred to as Africa’s biggest street party has become for Cross River State and its people, an ideal tool for tourism and ultimately Socio-economic development.

Ten years after it was introduced into the state by the former governor, Donald Duke, the private sector has now taken its full ownership for onward sustainability.

According to the state’s Deputy Governor, Efiok Cobham, while unveiling the 2014 Carnival theme which is ‘’Celebration Time’’ at the Millennium’s Park in Calabar the Cross River State capital, ownership by the private sector would open more window of opportunities for all sectors of the economy.

He also used the occasion to flag off the first dry run ahead of the main event scheduled for December.

The unveiling was followed by three mock rehearsals on different occasions along a 12km route to get the floats ready and in shape for the mega show.

According to tourists who frequent the city at this period, the Carnival Calabar is always a time they look forward to for originality and content which is usually displayed by five competitive bands; The Bayside Band (Blue), Passion Four (Green), Seagulls Band (Red), Master Blasta (Orange) and Freedom Band (Yellow).

The bands are expected to work hard to interpret the theme of the carnival come December 27, 2014, through their dance, float, and costumes as it affects the people of the state.

Marking its 10th year anniversary and the last carnival to be witnessed by the present administration while in office, the State Government has promised that the 2014 Carnival Calabar would leave participants and viewers across the world with many surprises.