The Akwa Ibom Government dropped the facilitating of the 2020 Christmas Carol Festival to help lessen the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.
The cancelation was declared in an explanation delivered by the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr Orman Esin, in Uyo on Thursday.
What you should know about the Cancellation Akwa Ibom Christmas carol 2020.
Esin said this was due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, which he noted had hindered the preparations for the festival, which normally takes about six months to come.
He said that in obedience to the WHO, NCDC and the State Government protocols on social distancing and the threat of a second wave of the virus, the festival had to be put on hold.
“The Government of Akwa Ibom State wishes to inform the general public that the 2020 Edition of the state’s award winning Christmas Carols festival has been cancelled.
“This development is hinged on the logistics challenge posed by the global lockdown and international travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to the bourgeoning threat of a second wave of the virus.
“As expected of world class event of that magnitude, its preparation starts at least six months before the date.
“The worldwide travel limitations and conclusion of plants prior in the year, made it difficult to initiate the arranging of this yearly soul lifting otherworldly occasion this year.
“The government profoundly laments this turn of events and urges residents to assume individual liability, notwithstanding government limitations, to forestall the transmission of the feared infection,” he said. (NAN).