Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Abuja carnival will foster national unity - Minister

The FCT Administration is optimistic that the 2019 Abuja carnival will further cement the unity of the country through the display of rich cultures from across the states.

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello, said this when Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Abuja.

He said the carnival will not only showcase the rich culture of Nigeria, but automatically create social and economic activity, adding that it will generate movement of resources and upgrading of facilities.

Bello, while noting that funding is a challenge for the success of the carnival, tasked the Information and Culture Minister to approach private sectors for the partnership to address funding in exchange for various benefits such as advertisement.

The minister, who commended his Information counterpart for the revival of the Abuja Carnival, also tasked the Minister to incorporate fishing festival in 2020 saying Abuja is home to large water bodies.

He described the new strategy to take the carnival to all parts of the FCT and not limit it to the Federal Capital City as a welcome development that will not only boost social and economic activities in the areas but also showcase the unity of the country.

The Minister of State for FCT, Ramatu Aliyu, who is directly in charge of the carnival, assured the visiting minister of full cooperation towards a successful hosting of the 2019 carnival.

Mohammed had explained that the essence of the visit was to solicit the FCT Minister’s support and cooperation, as the host and partner for a “carnival that befits FCT.”

The Information Minister, who listed key areas for support, explained that the purpose for opening up the carnival to Area Councils as against what obtained previously was to let as many people as possible feel the impact of the carnival and also participate in it.

He revealed that the carnival will include a command performance which will take place at the Presidential Villa, contemporary music performances at the Old Parade Ground, Boat regatta at the Jabi Lake, Durbar at Kuje Area Council, masquerade festival at Gwagwalada, and Children’s fiesta at GDSS Area 10, Garki.

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