• Water Transport Records Boom
This year’s Carnival Calabar, the famed largest street party in Africa, which holds yearly in Cross River State is under serious threat. No thanks to the unaddressed security challenges in Calabar, the state capital and its environs.
Also, with only a few airlines plying that route due to low passenger traffic, the deplorable state of the Calabar-Itu Road and the Calabar-Ikom Highway (the two major access roads into the state) has raised serious concerns for the carnival, even as it has brought about a boom in marine transportation within the state, and between it and neighbouring Akwa Ibom State.
Until recently, marine transportation in the state was neither here nor there, but now, it is enjoying rising patronage, while commercial motorcyclists, who are now plying stretches of the dilapidated road, especially the Odukpani axis are also having a swell time.
Traders at Marian Market and their counterparts at Watt Market- the two major markets in Calabar Municipal and Calabar South local councils are also feeling the impact of the bad state of these access roads, as the cost of transporting goods and farm produce have escalated by over 150 per cent.