Calabar Carnival 2019: Vendors Lament Non Payment_Ada Ogar

Daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants, Harris is the first woman of colour to be nominated as a candidate for vice president [Kevin Lamarque/Reuters] Daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants, Harris is the first woman of colour to be nominated as a candidate for vice president [Kevin Lamarque/Reuters]
The Democratic Party has made history by nominating Kamala Harris as its vice presidential candidate, as an array of party leaders laid out their case for Joe Biden to be the next president of the United States and urged people to organise and vote.

Democrats must defeat President Donald Trump in the November election or face a chaotic, destructive future amid a deadly pandemic and a rising climate crisis, Harris and a parade of Democrats including women, immigrants and young people warned on the third night of the virtual Democratic National Convention.
We’re at an inflexion point,” Harris said in her acceptance speech on Wednesday in a direct attack on Trump.

“Right now we have a president who turns our tragedies into political weapons,” Harris said. “Constant chaos leaves us adrift. The incompetence makes us feel afraid. The callousness makes us feel alone. It’s a lot. And here’s the thing – we can do better and deserve so much more,” Harris said.
Source: Aljazeerah

Some vendors in the 2019 Carnival Calabar have lamented the non payment of monies owed to them for services rendered during the Carnival.
The vendors who raised an alarm over the matter say several appeals to Governor Ben Ayade to pay them have yielded no results. According to the vendors, the commission had forwarded the audited copy of the bills to the Governor since January.

The travel agent that handled the air tickets of diplomats that participated in the carnival, Akor Otobo, lamented that the loan he obtained from a commercial bank to execute the contract was accumulating more interest.

He said the commission had requested him to write Turkish, Egyptian and Emirates airlines for tickets of the foreign participants to the tune of N8.54 million, which he did on trust.
“Ordinarily, before asking for ticket services, if you do not pay we do not issue, but because of mutual trust and understanding, they asked for ticket services and we granted, we brought in foreign participants”.
He lamented that the non payment almost cost him his license and sent him into debts.
” By the rule of our establishment, International Air Travel Association that supervises us, does not hear any story,whether you gave a ticket to a client, he or she paid you or not, as soon as it is time to pay for that ticket you pay.”
” To survive that my license, I had to borrow money to pay off the airline because if I didn’t, after two weeks , they would withdraw your license, you are off the market.”
Another vendor who spoke on condition of anonymity said after several appeals failed, she took to social media to make her plea public.

They appealed to Governor Ben Ayade to save their businesses from collapsing under the strain of the accumulated interests on the loans taken because of the carnival by releasing their payments.

But chairman of the commission, Mr. Gabriel Onah, told our source that they were processing the payments before the lockdown. He said the Due Process office had just finished its reviews and made recommendations to the governor, awaiting his final approval.

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