Buoyed by the success of the just concluded Carnival Calabar, the Cross River State Governor, Senator Ben Ayade has unveil the theme for the 2017 Carnival which holds in December.
The theme for 2017 Carnival is “Migration”, Governor Ayade declared in a cozy night event held at the Transcop Hotel Calabar with star performances from TuFace, Mc Galaxy and Iyanyan among others.
Ayade said, Carnival Calabar has not only grown to be an international brand but has become a veritable platform to communicate positive messages to bring about desired change in our society.
He said with the previous carnival theme which was Climate Change, properly communicated to the people as it concerns the impart and the need for global consciousness, the 2017 theme which is “Migration” is another salient phenomenon which needs to be addressed for youth Africans, including Nigerians who need regain their self-confidence to harness the huge resources that God has endowed Africa with.
“Before now, Africans were being colonized but today the offer themselves to be colonized just because they want a quick success and chose migration. The migration story therefore is a narrative and an emotional story about a people who are so blessed yet poor. The theme is up for the carnival bands to do give interpretation via the carnival. Story lines that will reverberates and cause young Africans to see need to believe in themselves,” Ayade said.
Adding, “Africa is a wonderful continent, so blessed and endowed with natural resources. Africa has no volcano, Africa has massive rain forest. So as a true Pan-Africanist, the 2017 carnival theme is expected to bring out the true strength of the black man.”
“The carnival story; the drama that we expect from the competing bands in 2017 will tell us a story. The interpretation of the theme Migration will encapsulate economic, political and social impact. We expect the interpretation to reinvent Africans and reunite Africans and get them to finding African solutions to their problems. I believe, Africa can breakthrough technologically.”
Similarly the governor spoke on his New Year message and promised to pursue with vigour, his administration's industrialisation agenda by ensuring the actual commencement of the construction of the Bakassi Deep Seaport and the 260-kilometre Calabar-Bekwarra-Katsina-Ala Super Highway in 2017.
He said the focus of his government in 2017 would be to increase the momentum of economic activities in order to create more jobs. According to the governor, "As we step up effort at industrialising the state in 2017, we will pursue with vigour the commencement of the construction of our signature project, the Bakassi Deep Seaport and the 260-kilometre Calabar-Bekwarra-Katsina-Ala Superhighway.”
Governor Ayade said in line with the cardinal focus of his government, "We will continue to make the people the priority of our administration by ensuring the prompt and regular payment of salaries as well as ensuring the over all welfare of the citizenry." Adding, "Even as we renew our commitment to offering our sincere and dedicated service to the state, we cannot but count on your support and cooperation for us to realise our vision for our dear state.
The governor particularly thanked Cross Riverians for their massive participation in all the policies and programmes of his government, especially the just concluded Calabar Festival. He assured them of a much better bigger and bolder festival in 2017