Cross River Government has disclosed its readiness to celebrate the maiden edition of Northern Cross River State Festival (NORTHFEST) to be held on every last Saturday of September each year.
The Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mrs. Rosemary Archibong made the disclosure in a press briefing held at the Ernest Etim Bassey Press Centre, State Housing estate, Calabar,
She said that NORTHFEST is an initiative of Governor Ben Ayade’s administration aimed at creating closer bonding, spirit of collectivity and motivation as well as unification of the good people of Northern Cross River in particular and Cross Riverians in general.
In his speech, the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of NORTHFEST, and Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters, Ntufam Peter Ojie, noted that the event is created to promote the rich cultural, agricultural and tourism potentials which the state, and particularly the northern part of Cross River is endowed with, by showcasing such to the rest of the country and the world.
Ntufam Ojie listed the activities lined up for celebration to include; Best Farmer Competition, Traditional Dance competition, Festival Float, Parade of Age Grades, Best Cuisine competition, Palm wine competition, Novelty match and Mr. and Mrs. NORTHFEST Beauty Pageant competition.
The Chairman noted further that the festival has been planned to meet International standard and also to enable the state Government key into the agricultural revolution of the Federal Government.