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CROSS RIVER NEWS: FG establishes N2 billion creative academy as Calabar Carnival kicks off

LEGISREPORTS NG – Minister of Tourism and National Orientation in Nigeria,  Chief Edem Duke has confirmed that in appreciation of Cross River State consistent contribution to promote culture and tourism in the state, the federal government has now established Creative Academy in the state. He spoke when the state governor, Senator Liyel Imoke and other distinguished figures in the country lit the biggest Christmas Tree in Calabar to kick start the annual Carnival Calabar.

Minister Duke hinted that the siting of over N2 billion project for a creative Academy in Ikot Nakanda, Akpabuyo Local Government Area of the state remains a clear testimony of how important government holds the works of creative Arts among youths in the area, pointing out that the project cannot be found else where in the country.Edem Duke also used the opportunity to announce the offer of 10 scholarships by the government of Trinidad and Tobago to provide opportunities for people to learn creative Arts of carnival.

He disclosed that the scholarship would be available from next year, adding that carnival has transformed from a street party into an economy.Duke stressed the need for government to galvanise resources and train young artiste in order for them to use their creative abilities to better their lots.The lighting of the tallest Christmas Tree at midnight of November 30 lasted about two hours and was accompanied with fireworks as well as performances by up and coming musicians discovered during auditions for the 2013 Festival.Imoke said his government would intensify efforts to globalise the Carnival.

This report was prepared by our reporter in Calabar.

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