Determined to make Imo the centre of attraction and a tourists’ designation, Imo State Government has concluded arrangements to host Imo Carnival from 6th – 13th May, 2014.
The State Governor, Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha, who disclosed this during the stakeholders meeting at the State Government House, recently stressed the need to enhance tourism potentials of the State to stimulate local economy.
According to Governor Okorocha, who described tourism as the number one income earner for most developed worlds, the essence of the carnival is to attract visitors and investors to the State which will in turn help to generate revenue and boost the economy of the State.
The Governor, who also noted that the event will help to showcase the culture and heritage of the people to the outside world, urged traditional rulers to be in the forefront in promoting the rich cultural heritage of the people. He stressed the need for Imo indigenes, especially those in the entertainment industries to participate in the programme.
In his speech, the facilitator of the programme, Mr. Paddy Obinna, said that some of the programmes to mark the event include opening ceremony, parade, night of laughter/comedies, contemporary music upcoming stars, Igbo poetry/folknight/Igbo talk show, etc and that the event was to commemorate the Imo Freedom Day which is the day the present administration assumed office.