Abuja - Residents of Calabar, Cross River, have begun preparations for this year’s annual Calabar Carnival, scheduled for December.
Many residents have already started repainting their houses and cleaning up their environment, in readiness for the annual international event.
NAN reports that some groups have been assisting the Calabar Urban Development Authority (CUDA) in clearing blocked drains in their neighbourhood.
A resident of Biqua town, Bassey Ita, told NAN that it had become customary for them to clean up their environment during the period.
"Cleanliness is our culture and the carnival is our pride; so, we do not need to be reminded to clean up our environment.
"The attention of the world will be on us from December, and we must do everything to support the State Government,‘’ he said.
Also speaking, a landlord in Ikot Eyo area, Edem Achibong, said that he undertook repainting of his buildings each year-ending, because of the carnival.
"I do this repainting to ensure that all the surroundings are clean and green, to conform with the mood of the season, ‘’ he said.
Godwin Johnson, a hotel operator, said that the carnival was the season when operators of the hospitality industry in Calabar enjoyed lots of patronage.
"So, we do everything possible to upgrade our facilities. As you can see, we are already carrying out some repairs to meet the taste of guests,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, the state government has also embarked on massive repair of bad spots on roads in parts of the city.
Government buildings on the carnival routes in the city are also being given facelift for the 32-day carnival which begins on December 1.
The state commissioner for lands and housing, Ralph Uche, had directed residents to keep their environment clean because of the expected influx of tourists into the city.
Uche stressed the need for residents to repaint their buildings, especially those living on the carnival routes.