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Cross River State Government Implements Vehicular Movement Restrictions for Carnival Calabar

By John Adiasi

Calabar, the capital city of Cross River State, is gearing up for the much-anticipated Carnival Calabar, and the state government has taken measures to ensure the smooth running of the event. In an official statement signed by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Emma Ogbeche, it was announced that vehicular movement would be restricted on major carnival routes.

As the Carnival Calabar reaches its peak on Wednesday, December 27, 2023, the motoring public has been advised that only vehicles with duly signed permits by the State Security Adviser will be allowed into the city. This step is taken to enhance the security and organization of the event, as well as to prevent a repeat of last year’s incidents, which saw multiple accidents occurring.

Furthermore, the statement emphasized the importance of adhering to the guidelines set by authorities and the need to obey security agents and carnival officials at all times. Any violation of these directives will result in severe penalties, as warned by the state government.

Yesterday, Calabar celebrated its cultural day, with local government and cultural groups showcasing their vibrant cultural dances. The event saw the participation of cultural troupes from every geopolitical zone in Nigeria, as well as the 18 local government areas of Cross River State.

Looking ahead, the Children’s carnival segment will take place on Wednesday, leading up to the main carnival display on Thursday. The grand carnival will feature contingents from the Republic of Cameroon and representatives from 22 states across the federation.

With the vehicular movement restrictions in place and strict adherence to the guidelines, the Cross River State Government is determined to ensure a memorable and incident-free Carnival Calabar experience for everyone involved.

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