Cal­abar Car­ni­val: Prize money now N100m

Weekly Trust - - News - Adie Vanessa Of­fiong

The Cross River State Gov­ern­ment has made the Cal­abar Car­ni­val more en­tic­ing as it con­cludes plans to in­crease the prize money from N50 mil­lion to N100 mil­lion for the par­tic­i­pat­ing bands of the cul­tural fi­esta - Bay­side Band, Mas­ter Blaster Band, Seag­ull Band, Free­dom Band and Pas­sion 4 Band.

Ex­plain­ing the rea­son for this, the state’s com­mis­sioner for Tourism, Mr Eric An­der­son, dur­ing a me­dia par­ley said “This year’s car­ni­val is go­ing to take a new shape and we are work­ing hard to en­sure that there are new ini­tia­tives by the var­i­ous bands.

“This is why the gover­nor has gra­ciously ap­proved N100m from the pre­vi­ous N50m for the use of each band be­cause they are go­ing to be in­volved in, not just the car­ni­val, but other ac­tiv­i­ties like the street party.”

An­der­son also stated that gov­ern­ment would not take kindly to deroga­tory jokes which co­me­di­ans usu­ally crack.

In an­other event, Mr Gabe Onah, Chair­man for the Cross River State Car­ni­val Com­mis­sion, said that about two mil­lion peo­ple from 25 coun­tries are ex­pected at the De­cem­ber event.

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