According to him, the decision to suspend the annual festival was unanimous.
"The gathering was to unveil the theme of this year's carnival but based on the emergence of the new variant called Omicron and the advise by health experts that it kills faster than other variant, the governor then puts it before the stakeholders and it was unanimously agreed that the carnival be suspended.
"The carnival band leaders and other stakeholders agreed that for the purpose of public health and safety, the carnival be suspended.
"Also, there is an emerging security report which indicates that the event may be taken over by some hoodlums.
"To avoid all of these from happening, it was advised that the carnival be suspended so that people are not caught unawares," Obogo said.
Recall that the State Commissioner for Tourism and Culture, Mr Eric Anderson, on November 28 told NAN that the annual festival would be held inside the U.J Esuene Sport Stadium due to COVID-19.
Anderson told NAN that the stadium would help to control the crowd and space the seating arrangement for people to watch the live show.