In southern Nigeria, the Government of Cross River State has declared Tuesday July 30, 2019 a public holiday to celebrate the 2019 edition of the Green Carnival.
The Green Carnival, which was introduced in 2016 by Governor Ben Ayade, formed part of the annual 32 days Christmas Festival Calendar usually commemorated from November 30 to January 1.
Agbang Akwaji, the Permanent Secretary of the Cross River Forestry Commission, in an exclusive interview with Voice of Nigeria disclosed the green carnival, which was to enable the State plant one million trees was previously held in December.
According to Akwaji, who is also supervising the Ministry of Climate Change, said during that period, the climate is hot. It is dry season and we discovered that trees we planted during the dry season over the years do not survive.
So, to ensure a higher survival rate of the trees planted, the Governor thought it wise to reschedule the celebration of the 3rd edition of Calabar Green Carnival to the raining season, which will be beneficial for the trees, stressed Akwaji.
Christian Ita, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, in a statement indicated that the public holiday was to encourage every residents to participate in the Green Carnival during which about one million trees will be planted.
Ita stated “individuals, schools, homes, churches, mosques, ministries, government agencies and departments, banks, hospitals and all business premises must plant trees tomorrow”.
Sir Alfred Mboto, the Permanent Secretary, State Security Office, Government House, in a press release indicated that some major roads in Calabar metropolis would be closed to traffic from 7 o clock in the morning to 4 o clock in the evening tomorrow.
Mboto further indicated the following routes in Calabar will be partly closed to motorists so as to give way to the Green Carnival train and these include Botanical Garden road, Target road, Mary Slessor Avenue, Marian Road and IBB way as well as Calabar road.