Port Harcourt – The two weeks of hustle and bustle which characterised Port Harcourt due to the influx of contingents and visitors to the 17th National Sports Festival have disappeared from the oil city.
The major centres that hosted the games have been deserted since the games ended on Saturday.
Choba and East-West road which led to the Games Village in the University of Port Harcourt were deserted, just as the Nnamdi Azikiwe and Township roads which also led to the Civic Centre and Port Harcourt Club 1928 roads respectively were free from the usual activities.
Ezekiel Randle, a student of the University of Port Harcourt, told NAN that students would heave a sigh of relieve as the traffic logjam they experience at the axis during the festival had ended.
Randle said the government was wise enough to close the school for the festival but that many students who wanted to take a glimpse of the sporting events refused to leave.
“Though the road had been hectic before the festival due to the construction works, the festival added to it. It is not going to be a total free flow but at least it is okay,’’ he said.
Another Port Harcourt resident, Florence Ebenezer, said the hike in transport fare and cost of food stuffs had started reducing since Saturday.
“My husband who went for the opening ceremony of the festival said it was glamorous, but I am happy about the reduction in transport and food prices,’’ she said.
A commercial bus driver, Samuel Ekpeyong, who plies the township roads, said he made a lot of money during the festival, adding that he prayed for another opportunity like that. (NAN)