Akwa Ibom State Governor , Mr Udom Emmanuel has extolled the creative prowess of vintage Aniekpeno Mkpanang, for turning the Ibom Hall Arena, venue of the Christmas Carol Festival 2019, to a tourist site and making the State a destination during the Yuletide.
Governor Emmanuel gave the commendation during an unscheduled visit to the Ibom Hall Arena to ascertain the extent of preparation for the forthcoming Akwa Ibom Carol Festival scheduled for Friday, 20th of December 2019 .
He said that he is marveled at the beauty the Ibom Hall has become and that the 2019 Carol’s festival which shall be viewed all over the world has become a major event on planet earth, lifting the state into the world tourist map as the place to be at Xmas to give God the Glory for the gift of his Son Jesus Christ.
Governor Emmanuel who was shown around the arena by Mr Aniekpeno Mkpanang who is also the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Culture and Tourism, lauded the ambience ranging from the Event center, Xmas tree, Gong drummer, the stage, lighting, acoustics as well as the sitting arrangement and spoke of the scenery as fantastic and captivating.
Hear him, “when I came here I was a bit lost, whether this is the same venue of Ibom Hall Grounds that we saw between July/August this year.
I celebrate creativity and ideas a whole lot because that is what differentiate two people of the same talents, you may have the talent but what will be the differentiating factor will be your creativity.
I think I must give it to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Mr Orman Esin, he has demonstrated this over the years but this is completely exceptional”.
Secretary to the State Government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem ; Commissioner of Culture and Tourism, Mr Orman Esin, Commissioner of Information , Mr Charles Udoh and other members of the State Executive Council accompanied Governor Emmanuel during the visit.