The 2015 Carnival Calabar will go on as scheduled, even as preparations are on top gear to feature international competition in the annual event, Governor Ben Ayade’s special assistant (SA) on event management, Mr. Ken Aklah, has said.

This is coming on the heels of the state government’s temporal suspension of the children’s carnival in the annual fiesta.

The SA disclosed this yesterday in Calabar during an interaction with journalists to confirm the state’s readiness to host the 2015 Carnival Calabar proper.

Aklah, who said the 2015 carnival would experience innovations, also hinted that the state had received memo from different countries indicating their willingness to participate in the event.

He said “I have come to you to categorically say that the 2015 Carnival Calabar will hold as scheduled.

Cross River State is capable of hosting the 2015 carnival.We are also going to run it as a 32 day activities as it used to be; but as a new government, we have also brought some new innovations to bear in the event.