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Abuja Carnival: Residents call for sensitisation

25 November 2012, 09:04

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.



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