The Cross River State Government has through the Carnival Commission signed a memorandum of understanding with an Abuja based IT Firm, Hybrid Age Matrix Limited.

The MoU signed in Calabar recently is to improve visitors experience in Calabar as part of the Governor’s efforts to boost revenue generation and make the Calabar Carnival self sustaining.

While making a presentation to the Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, the Managing Director, Hybrid Age Matrix Limited, Mr. Frank Egba explained that the IT firm propose to create free software solutions for event management, coordination and planning for the state that will generate revenue through a one-stop mobile application enabled for daily auction and bidding of goods and services for visitors in Cross River state and beyond.

In addition, he said new products and services such as hotel and flight bookings, taxi hire, monorail ride, restaurants, e-tickets, holiday packages will be introduced on the platform to improved visitors experience in Calabar during the carnival.

“With the impressive influx of over 2 million visitors yearly to Carnival Calabar, we are providing not just a solution, we are leveraging on this statistics to provide revenue for the state through daily auctions of goods and services on the platform, this will also help in making the carnival more attractive and credible,” said Mr. Frank Egba.

                               Signing of the MoU at Government House Calabar

Responding, the Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, was excited at the projected revenue to be generated from this software, saying “We will create the necessary platform and support structure to make this work, they should be proper manning of the software, and it should be devoid of spam”.

Charging the developers, the Governor stated “You must create visibility of the software, Calabar as a word should be strong enough to pop-up in the first page of search engines”.

“Go and design until it becomes illiterate friendly, I don’t have to be an ICT expert to be able to use your software”, he said.

Earlier, The Chairman, Cross River State Carnival Commission, Mr. Gabe Onah said he believes this partnership will better consolidate the governor’s commitment in making the Carnival Calabar self sustaining and further refined the travel experience as well as enhance brand awareness.

Present at the presentation and MoU signing was the Chief of Staff to the governor, Mr. Martin Orim, Commissioner for information, Barr. Rosemary Archibong, Commissioner for ICT, Chief Ofu  Aya, Special Adviser Governors office, Hon. Kenn Aklah,  Director of Admin, Carnival Commission, Mrs. Eme-Affiah, Commissioner I, Carnival Commission, Mr. Francis Ekpo, Managing Director, Remlord Travels, Mr. Nkereuwem Uno, Chairman, Cross River Hoteliers Association, Mr. Charles Ogar, Mr. Julius of Calabar Smart City, S.A ICT, Mr. Efiok Mbukpa, CEO Calabar Blog, Mr. Hope Obeten,  as well as a team from Hybrid Age Matrix Limited.

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