The Ikwerre Youth Movement (IYM) Emolga Chapter today blast Governor Nyesom Wike for Killing CARNIRIV In Rivers State due to his lack of vision in Governance.
According to IYM Emolga Chapter, it is unfortunate that GOV. Wike who claimed his government priority was to complete projects already awarded by the past government of Rt. Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi without awarding new ones could also allow the very popular CARNIRIV die in Rivers State.
Carniriv began in Rivers State by the administration of Former Governor Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi. Carniriv is an annual festival, held in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. The Carnival starts few weeks before Christmas, and lasts for seven days. During this time several ceremonial events are held, most of which are some cultural and sacred significance.
The Port Harcourt Carnival bears a certain uniqueness as it combines two carnivals – a purely cultural carnival and a contemporary Caribbean style carnival- in one. It also features musical performances from both local and international artists. This gives it an edge over all other regional and continental carnivals, and presents with the principal advantage which must be consummately exploited.
The past Government of Rivers State recognizes Carniriv as its biggest tourism export. With economic interests increasingly identifying tourism as a viable alternative to the fossil fuel economy- especially in these parts. The state government exhibited its commitment to developing this carnival into a regionally unrivalled and globally reckoned tourist attraction.
Thus, it has always made available the necessary monetary backing needed for the
event to hold every year, and has also worked hard through the Rivers State Tourism Development Agency and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism to see that it is held.
In true carnival style, contingents of the 23 LGAs engage a procession (on a pre-defined route) through the streets of Port Harcourt showcasing enthralling dances and masquerade displays as they do so. All of these performances were embedded in colourful floats gigged with impressive icons.
Today, the current government of Rivers State led by Governor Nyesom Wike have not only killed CARNIRIV but have killed tourism in Rivers State.
God help Rivers State.
IYM EMOLGA MEDIA TEAM