27th October, 2012
Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
Nigeria’s Rivers State Government seeks to make CARNIRIV world’s largest carnival as it formally flags off activities for this year’s cultural fiesta.
The Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Dr. Nabs Imegbu, said the intention of the administration of Governor Rotimi Amaechi was not just to make CARNIRIV a platform to project the rich cultural value of the people of the state, but to make it become a major pillar for the socio-economic growth of the state.
This year’s festival, which is branded CARNIRIV 2012 Port Harcourt 100 Edition, will hold from Saturday 8 to Saturday 15, December 2012.
It is being celebrated in a special way this year as it coincides with the commemoration of the centenary of the City of Port Harcourt.
Addressing section of Journalists at Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt, where the detail programme of activities for this year’s CARNIRIV was announced, the state government also unveiled an advancement plan for the CARNIRIV brand with the projection to make it one of the world’s biggest cultural fiestas by 2015.
‘‘The government of Rivers State, over the past five years, has been consistent in its efforts to make CARNIRIV a tool for cultural revival; In Rivers State, we are a people founded on unique good values which we individually and collectively express in the way we live and interact with others’’, Imegbu said.
The commissioner, who added that CARNIRIV is the second largest cultural event in Nigeria currently, revealed further that the government also desires to make CARNIRIV one of the most sought-after cultural fiestas in the world.