The annual week-long Imo State Carnival has come and gone in Owerri, the state capital. It was indeed a time of funfair when the peace-loving people of Imo, residents and visitors alike danced their hearts out on the streets.
Among the highlights of the event was the lighting of a 30m high Christmas tree, first of it's kind in the state.
The Imo State government with it's meager resources bore most if not all of the cost of that funfair. It is very possible that a good number of workers and contractors in Imo State are still being owed salaries/allowances and contract sums respectively even as the lavish celebration was going on...
I think the Imo State Carnival can be better. Yes, it can be better when the money is in the hands of the people. When every worker who has served diligently has his/her wages and businesses have conducive environment to thrive such that the Imo State Carnival can be substantially private sector funded/driven, and the people celebrate without a rue smile.