Cross River Governor Ben Ayade, after a meeting with State Executive Council members and stakeholders has confirmed the suspension of 2021 annual Calabar carnival due to outbreak of Omicron COVID-19 variant.
This was disclosed by Mr Linus Obogo, Deputy Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Ayade, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Calabar.
“The gathering was to unveil the theme of this year’s carnival but based on the emergence of the new variant called omicron and the advise by health experts that it kills faster than other variant, the governor then puts it before the stakeholders and it was unanimously agreed that the carnival be suspended.
“The carnival band leaders and other stakeholders agreed that for the purpose of public health and safety, the carnival be suspended.
“Also, there is an emerging security report which indicates that the event may be taken over by some hoodlums.
“To avoid all of these from happening, it was advised that the carnival be suspended so that people are not caught unawares,” Obogo said.
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