The State Commissioner for Tourism, Mr. Eric Anderson has said that the Cross River State Government is under obligation to sustain the Ugep International Leboku, Cross River Daily can authoritatively report.
Mr. Eric made this statement yesterday at a press briefing in the palace of the Obol Lopon of Ugep, Obol Eteng Ofem.
The Culture and Tourism Development boss while thanking the Obol Lopon and the entire people of Ugep for the warm relationship that exists between them and the government said “His Excellency, Senator (Prof.) Ben Ayade, as we all know is very passionate about tourism and that is why he is paying attention to the development of agro-tourism in Cross River State.
“Government understands that it has a duty to sustain the Leboku festival, that is why tourism sites here, have been cleaned and are ready to receive tourists.”
Commending MTN Nigeria for their commitment towards preserving the culture and tradition of the Ugep people, Mr. Eric stated that their partnership in the past eleven years has truly shown love and respect for the festival.
Anderson further enjoined neighbouring communities to support the festival. That just like Northfest is in the north and Utomo Obong is in the south, Leboku is seen as a festival for the central. Participation, he said brings unity.
On his part, the Obol Lopon of Ugep noted that
Leboku period, is a period of merriment and exchange of gifts amongst loved ones.
“As a people who love to share, we use the period to welcome visitors and ensure that we make them experience the rich cultural heritage we have to offer as a local government and a state at large,” Obol said.
Also, the Obol Lopon praised MTN for their endless community services rendered to the people of Ugep for the last 10 years.