The State Governor yesterday hinted that, against the N100 million budget for this year’s Green Carnival celebration, he intends to spend N500 million for next year’s celebration.
Sequel to this intentions, Cross River Future Leaders Forum (CRFLF) is fussing that such frivolous spending of state’s funds should not be patronized as the state lacks the fiscal energy to host two(2) different carnivals in one calendar year.
Speaking with Cross River Daily last night, CRFLF Spokesperson, Comrade Benjamin Arikpo notedly pointed that with the year-end cultural carnival drawing off billions from the state’s treasury, any idea of another carnival will not be workable.
Bring to mind that CRFLF yesterday disagreed with the state government for expending N100 million for just a 5-hour celebration which it described as “unnecessary jamboree”, opining that it would have been better the government used such huge funds to settle outstanding pensioners or salaries (especially that of secondary school teachers).
CRFLF believes that with the state’s financial standing, only economically-attainable spending should be encouraged aside spending on the citizens welfare.
The group wants Gov. Ben Ayade to trash the idea of Green Carnival celebration and channel the funds to some other more meaningful adventure. They also want the governor to prioritize citizens welfare by ensuring that none was owed, rather than prioritizing celebrations and fun parties, noting that “no body goes to party on empty stomach”.
According to Comrade Benjamin, CRFLF will, in the future seek partnership with the State’s House of Assembly to encumber the Governor’s proposed budget.