Eric Anderson - Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Cross River State
By Nelson NseAbasi
A new date has been fixed for the maiden edition of Cross River State Secondary Schools Cultural Festival & Poetry. 5 Commissioners for Culture and Tourism are also expected from Akwa Ibom, Abia, Enugu, Rivers and Imo States to grace the occasion. This was made known by the Commissioner of Culture and Tourism Development, Mr. Eric Anderson, rising from a joint meeting with Directors of his ministry and their counterparts from the Ministry of Education. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism Development, Cross River State had announced their collaboration with the Ministry of Education, to host the first ever All Secondary Schools Cultural Festival on Wednesday, 28th March 2018 at the UJ ESUENE Stadium, Calabar. The new date for the event is Wednesday, 11th of April 2018 at the same venue. The festival, tagged AYADE MAIDEN EDITION, is initiated following the need to ensure that adequate knowledge of our culture and heritage is transferred to the younger generation. There will be display of food, music and dance of Cross River origin by students of 60 secondary schools drawn from the North, Central and Southern parts of the state, in a friendly creative contest designed to entertain and educate both the students and the guests. The festival will also feature poetry presentations by the students on the topic 'Governor Ben Ayade the Hero of our time’. The tourism boss announced that a trophy, scholarships and cash consolation prizes will be given as reward to students/schools for outstanding performances and presentations.