Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade, has said that the Calabar Carnival Village will also serve as market for Christmas shopping.
Ayade, said the village was chosen because of its easy accessibility by residents and tourists. The Governor, represented by the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Inyang Asibong, at the inauguration of this year’s edition of the carnival, said adequate security measures had been put in place to safeguard tourists and fun seekers.
“It is to the glory of God that we have witnessed the first and second dry run of the 2017 Calabar carnival. “I wish to declare the 2017 Calabar carnival village open to all. The 2017 carnival will be better and bigger.
“We have put in place more convenient facilities in this village that would serve the taste of our expected tourists. “I wish to assure all those coming in for the carnival of adequate security. “Calabar carnival is the largest street party in Africa. It is time for the world to visit Calabar again for that fun fair,’’ he said.
The governor said that the carnival had promoted unity and created strong relationships between the state and others in Nigeria and the international community. The 31-day festival commences on December 1.