Mr Sam Dede, Director General, Rivers State Tourism Development Agency, said on Tuesday that the 2013 edition of the state’s carnival would include the planting of 1000 trees as part of efforts to safeguard the environment.

The Director said this in Abuja yesterday that the carnival, with the theme “Our environment, bedrock for sustainable development,” would be used to sensitize the public on the desirability of safe environment.   ’ We intend to use the carnival to mobilize people to be conscious of the environment.

“The damage we have done to our environment is enormous and so we should begin to make amends towards savaging what we have destroyed by our own life style,” he said.

He also said that the state government was working towards making the Rivers carnival, a global brand.     “Our carnival is targeted at a global brand that is what we are working on.

“We have a five year development plan for the carnival, but this year, we are consolidating on the gains of last year,’’ he revealed.

According to him, the state government has intensified efforts at sensitising the people to consider tourism as ‘a way of life’ not just ‘site seeing’.

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