As the countdown to Christmas continues, Calabar, the Cross River State capital is as usual, experiencing an unprecedented beehive of activities as several people from out of town have travelled into the capital to savour the best the city can offer.
On Marian Road, in the heart of the city, human and vehicular activity is heavy. Our reporter there reports that there is a long convoy of slow moving vehicles from First Bank, Marian Road to the Rabana roundabout. It was also clear, at press time, that there is very heavy traffic at the Calabar Municipal section of the road where the 2016 Christmas Village was sited. A convoy of visitors can be seen entering the place to experience the leisure and entertainment the village offers. Calabar Road is also no exception as there is a traffic situation there, from Eleven Eleven to Watt Market and beyond.
Several food and leisure centres are experiencing high patronage as the spirit of the season grips residents and visitors to Calabar. “All joints within and around Atekong Junction are filled to the brim; you cannot even see available space and the music here from different joints is so loud that we are lost trying to have a decent conversation”, our reporter texted in to say.
Meanwhile, Peregrino Hall in Calabar is full to the brim as several government officials, friends, family members and well wishers have thronged the place to celebrate with the state First Family as they mark the birthday of CR First Lady, Linda Ayade. On several social media platforms all of today, countless birthday wishes poured in for Her Excellency, considered by many to have a humane and adorable personality.
We can further reveal that security has been seriously beefed up in the city. At several notable junctions in the city, a contingent of heavily armed security personnel can be seen, ensuring that no security breaches take place in a city billed to host what is unarguably the biggest street party in Africa, Carnival Calabar, just days from now.
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