The Plateau State governor, Barr Simon Lalong, has said that the state is rich in cultural heritage, bonds of unity and diversity.
While discussing this on Tuesday, at the unveiling of the “Jos Carnival Logo and Mascot for 2017,” the governor said “this carnival will give the state the opportunity to showcase the cultural and historical resources as a state.”
He said, “this is the first in the history of the state, and is to replicate and modify the National Cultural Carnival, adding that, the logo has the map of plateau state on it with the rocks signifying the rocky terrain of the state.
“Others invisible landmarks on the logo and are waterfalls, which show the high altitude of the state and the gift of nature,” he said.
According to him, “the drum on the logo depicts the cultural resources that abound in the state, and it provides us strategic marketing tool for what we will be showcasing during the carnival.”
Lalong added that, “the theme ‘Glamour and Limitless Possibilities’ is very relevant to the goal that has been set up to achieve with the carnival,” and that “we desire to use the glamour of nature and our cultural endowment for building of peace and the advancement of the state economically.”
He maintained that “we will continue to promote unity in diversity and by extension, showcasing our strength as a united people under God,” and urged all stakeholders to “leave the event with the passion and spirit to move the state up to the ladder, so that we can collectively pass our rich cultural heritage and timeless bond of unity to the upcoming generation.”
Speaking earlier, the Commissioner for Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Culture and Hospitality, Hon Peter Mwankon, said that the Carnival project has the potential to impact positively on the image of the state and, in turn, to restore confidence in investors.
He said the Jos Carnival Logo is the preliminary stage of the Maiden edition of “Jos Carnival,” adding that, the carnival proper will come up in April, during Easter time.
The Commissioner also called on private the sector and business communities to take the advantage of this maiden edition of the Jos Carnival to promote their businesses by sponsoring the events of the carnival to it a success.