Prof. Ben Ayade, Cross River State Governor disclosed that the state would budget N500 million for the “Cross River Green Carnival in 2020”. Ayade made the disclosure at the 2019 Green Carnival with the theme: “Calabar Green Canopy Scheme” in Calabar.
The Cross River Green Carnival is an annual event that usually holds annually in December.
This is the first time the event will be held in July and part of the event is the 2019 carnival and planting of one million trees in the 18 local government areas of the State.
The governor said that the state had earlier budgeted N100 million for the 2019 event.
He also said that the state planned to increase the budgetary allocation for the carnival in 2020 because of its importance as a business venture.
According to him, the active cultivation of young trees is very critical for carbon dioxide assimilation and makes Cross River, the head quarters of the absorption of the deadly gas in the atmosphere.
Ayade said that with the planting of one million trees, the state could go before the international community and Nigerian government to ask for Green Bond for a financial reward.
The Chairman of the Green Carnival committee, Mrs. Alice Ekwu, said that the Green Carnival is all about planting trees.
Ekwu said 2000 trees would be planted during the carnival but the process would be continuous until a million trees are planted.