Abuja - Some residents of Abuja on Saturday called
on the Federal Government to ensure proper sensitisation of the public
before holding subsequent Abuja Carnival.
They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that poor publicity had over the years hindered the growth of the event.
Mr Peter Oni, a resident, said the carnival could generate a lot of money if handled properly.
"Since the inception of the carnival, we just wake up to see the
street blocked without prior information. This has always been the
problem. It is high time things are done the right way.’’
Mr Olu-Martin Abe, another resident, said the carnival would have
grown by now to a level that corporate bodies would clamour to sponsor
if handled properly.
Mallam Hasssan Mohammed, a civil servant, said the carnival would
provide Nigerians the opportunity to show that the country was not all
about Boko Haram, bombings, kidnappings and other social vices.
Mohammed said it was an opportunity for the country to recreate the
wrong impression the activities of the Boko Haram sect had created for
Nigeria in the international community.
"I expect a colourful festival that will project Nigeria in very
positive image as against the dreaded perceptions the activities of Boko
Haram have created for the country,” he said.
NAN reports that hawkers and other traders were seen making brisk businesses at the Area 1 take-off point of the carnival.
NAN also reports that as at the time of filing this report, the event had yet to start.