By Uche Onwuchekwa

The mesmerizing Carnival team of Imo Deputy Governor came out the best during Imo State maiden carnival, which its grand finale took place yesterday.

Speaking at Owerri City School during the carnival concert, the Governor of Imo State, Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha after receiving the result from the judges said Imo Deputy Governor's float was adjudged the overall best.

He observed that Prince Madumere's float was best in concept, costume, float, expression and in performance, which he said was a perfect cohere team due to the observed synergy and synchronization.

While commending all the participants for putting up a good show, Governor Okorocha observed that some of the groups could not differentiate the difference between cultural festival and carnival calling on them to go back and get it right and come back during the next edition.

Imo Deputy Governor's float had a concept of a village with huts, which signifies a call for re-invigoration of cherished cultural values of the people.

Imo Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere while fielding questions from few journalists said the concept of a village scene is the appreciation of cherished values of the people. He spoke of the establishment of Community Government Council by the Governor Okorocha, which has come to the rescue. He further talked about the importance of Agriculture, which he said remains a veritable means of ensuring food security, tackling unemployment and gaining of foreign exchange.

"Under Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha led administration, we have have come up with Plant a Palm programmes to break the monoculture of dependence on black gold. This is one effort His Excellency, Owelle Anyo Rochas is not joking with. We are serious and it has got off the ground. We are even giving awards to the communities that have shown so much zeal and interest through their effort at creating a future in palm, he enthused.

Continuing, Prince Madumere said he understands carnival as expression of ones innermost feelings and realities in dances, costumes and floats. He also observed that it is a means through which vital information are passed to the people.

The Most Dependable Deputy Governor also spoke on the economic importance of Carnival, which he said is an aspect of tourism. He also express positivity that with the facilities in Imo State and the infrastructural development that Imo State is ready to tap into tourism and maximize the gains therein.

On the secret, he said it took the understanding of knowing what to achieve and assembling the right players for realization of the set goal. His words, it took understanding of what we wanted, assembling of right team players, team work and teachable players who are ready to complement one another.

Imo State University Band are the runners-up while the third position goes to the Generation Rochas led by Nollywood Star, Nkiru Sylvernus.

The Deputy Governor's float will go home with a brand new Nissan Hummer Bus with a high roof with N2 million cash. The second position is to take apt he brand of bus with N1 million cash while the third position will also go home with ate same brand of bus with N.5 million cash.