The capital city of Uyo is set for the crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Algeria and residents of the state have taken advantage to effectively use the opportunity to make money as the prices of everything has skyrocketed beyond imagination.
As a result of the importance of the match, football lovers from different parts of Africa, as well as states in Nigeria have continued to tour the state.
Below are the interesting things that are going down as a result of the match:
1. Scarcity of hotel rooms
Most hotels in the city centre has been fully booked as far as 48 hours before the game. Room rates have drastically increased as a room that would have gone for N8,000 on a regular day is not sold for N15,000 or more.
A Lagos resident who pleaded anonymity says he had to sleep at a bar. “Things are just too expensive. How can I pay over N15,000 for a night and I intend to stay for 3 days, that is N45,000. I better just hang anyhow and leave after the game.
2. Food is expensive
A visitor who wants to eat a proper meal in Uyo has to cough-out not less than N1,200. A plate of Garri and Edikang Ikong soup goes for over a thousand naira. Many of the visitors to the state have resorted to snack and soft drinks to sustain them.
3. Good security
The security details in the state is top-notch. Police officers as well as other security operatives are seen in every nook-and-cranny of the city. There is a huge number of policemen from the popular Abak road down to the Godswill Akpabio stadium.
4. Number of runs girls have increased
Hustlers are not left out. Young commercial s3x workers have stormed the city from Calabar, Port Harcourt and other neighbouring cities. They also want to have their share from the tourists and are charging outrageously for their services.