Calabar is a beatiful city on the rise, very clean. By the time you sleep in the night and wake up in the morning, you will see the whole place cleaned up. Manually by female sweepers working for CUDA( Calabar Uban Development Agency) which take care of the enviroment. Funny enough, it is done in the tradional way with women using two brooms on both hands at a time.
Everyday, portions are assigned to individual to clean and before 7am, they are off the street. They are paid meager allowance.
The motorised sweeping vehicle is not considered because it would take the job out of women’s hand. But which job? These people are supposed to be engaged in industries which are few aroung here. The two common saying here is ” This is a civil servant state” and “The state has no money”. Very derogatory terms.
Governance in this part of the world is about addressing the present not the future likely challenges, that’s the reason for the slow pace. The government and the people stick with the “Comfort Zone”. It is a general problem hindering the developmental drive to turn things around for good.