Ministry of Culture, FCTA Join Forces For Better Abuja Carnival

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Ministry of Culture, FCTA Join Forces For Better Abuja Carnival

Joel Ajayi

The Federal Ministry of Information and Culture and the Federal Capital Territory Administration has joined forces together toward the hosting of purpose and impactful 2019 Abuja Carnival.

Abuja Carnival remains an annual event, with the aim and objective of preserving the rich cultural heritage of Nigeria and also enhancing our unity.

The 2019 edition with the theme; ”Culture for Peace” is slated to hold 23rd to 25th November

This step was taken in Abuja on Tuesday when Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed paid his counterpart FCTA Minister Malam Bello Mohammed visit to perfect some grey areas toward the success of the forthcoming Abuja Carnival.

According to Alhaji Mohammed, we here to intimate you with the details of the 2019 Abuja Carnival and to also solicit your support and cooperation, as our host and partner, for the success of the event.

“Unlike in the past, we have decided to decentralize the Carnival by taking it to the area councils of the FCT, instead of restricting it to a few venues here in Abuja, in order to elicit more participation by the residents of the FCT.”

Highlighting the robust and impactful event and venue for this year carnival, the Minister said “Street Carnival and Opening Ceremony will hold from the Old Parade Ground to Area 1; Children Fiesta – Government Secondary School Garki (Area 10) Durbar will take place at Kuje Stadium

Other events are Boat Regatta slated for Jabi Dam, while Masquerade Fiesta has Govt. Day Secondary School, Gwagwalada as a venue.

Also, the Traditional Cuisine Fair/Bush Bar will take place at Old Parade Ground; Command Performance/Award Night  at Banquet Hall, State House as Contemporary Music Fiesta will light up at Old Parade Ground.

He, however solicits the support of following from FCTA, there is no doubt that in order to have a successful Carnival, there must be a strong synergy between the Ministry of Information and Culture and the FCTA in particular and, of course, with other relevant stakeholders.

“We want FCTA to provide the following items for the success of the event, items include; Provision of accommodation for participants from the various states, Provision of venues, Provision of Security, Provision of Medical Services;  Waste Management Control; Decoration of Venues and Streets; Street Merchandise
and Transport/Traffic Control.

Responding, the FCT Minister  Malam Bello applauded the Minister of Information and Culture for the revised version of the Abuja carnival, stating that they will support him on the event which will showcase the FCT and locations within the six Area Councils.
He further noted that apart from being a carnival made to showcase and cement Nigeria’s unity as a country, it will be beneficial to the economy, adding that various secretariats will work closely with the Information ministry.
He also urged the Minister to consider incorporating a fishing festival in the next carnival 2020 as the FCT has water bodies to handle that.
While noting that funding is a huge challenge, he said it will not prevent them from continuing with the events, adding that the activities will require private sector funding.
In her brief contribution, the Minister of State FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, said the FCT will not shy away from her responsibility as host, despite paucity of funds,and assured that the carnival will be done beautifully and outstandingly.
“We will partner with you and have a list of other sister agencies and we will do it very well, she remarked.

 

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