By Archibong Jeremiah, House Of Assembly Correspondent
The Speaker Cross River State House of Assembly, CRSHA, Hon. John Gaul has urged members of Performing Music Artists of Nigeria, PMAN in Cross River State to wake up from their slumber and stop waiting for only the Calabar Carnival to show their art.
The Speaker enjoined the union to be more innovative and create programs that will spread across the calendar year in preparation for the Carnival.
He gave the admonishment when he played host to a delegation of the union led by the State Chairmen, Effiong Trombone, in his office.
John Gaul revealed that the House has passed a law that will make it possible for any multi-national company that does business in the State through Cooperate Social Responsibility, CSP to invest over 30 percent in the local industry and market of the State which he maintained PMAN will benefit from.
The Speaker concluded by calling on them to build their capacity to be relevant in several sectors of the entertainment industry in the state.
On his part, Hon. Hilary Bisong Ekpang who chairs the House Committee on Culture, Tourism and Events, pledged that his doors are open for any idea that the organization has for the growth of entertainment in the State.
Earlier, Effiong Trombone, the State Chairman of PMAN while speaking disclosed that as part of their plans to improve and enrich the entertainment calendar of the State and build up activities towards the Calabar carnival, they as a group have been performing once a month which has helped them, he said.
He promised to work closely with the legislature at any opportunity given to ensure that entertainment is given a new face in the State.
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