Akwa Ibom State Government had earlier announced plans to host several events in this yuletide season to boost tourism in the state.

Among activities reeled out was Ibom Christmas Parade another term for carnival with plans to float five bands namely; Grace Band, Victory Band, Praise band, Divine band and Glory band on the 25th of December 2019.

The Commissioner for Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Orman Esin, while addressing participants of the Royal Arts Academy Film Workshop held at Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort Uyo, said plans are in top gear to give Akwa Ibom residents and visitors a memorable Christmas with a Christmas Village, Children’s Parade and the Ibom Christmas Parade.

In contrast to this, the Commissioner for Information, Sir Charles Udoh while addressing the press after State Executive Council meeting presided over by the Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel two weeks ago, did not mention any plan for Ibom Carnival.

Mr. Udoh further said Ibeno Beach Festival, Miss Akwa Ibom Beauty Pageant, Children fanfare and Food Festival 2019 are the approved activities the Christmas season.

Speaking with our reporter, a tourism expert who did not want his name on the news blamed the culture Commissioner for the mix up. He further said the ministry has refused to speak up on the matter since it was cancelled from its plans.

Efforts to reach the commissioner was not successful as the his phone was unreachable.

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