Boko Haram: Argungu Fishing Festival will hold in 2017 – Emir
The Argungu Emirate Council in Kebbi State has commenced preparations for the hosting of the Argungu International Fishing and Cultural Festival in 2017.
The Emir of Kebbi , Alhaji Samaila Mera said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Argungu on Thursday.
He said the emirate council was collaborating with the State Tourism Board to make proper arrangements for a hitch-free festival, which was among Nigeria’s top tourism events.
The emir said that the fishing festival was suspended for many years due to security concern following Boko Haram attacks on soft targets across the northern part of the country.
NAN reports that the festival was last held in 2009.
Mera said “the dramatic increase in security nationwide” has encouraged them to prepare to host the event, which used to attract tourists from all parts of the world.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for restoring normalcy in the North East, and saluted the courage and determination of the Nigerian military for the successes recorded.
The emir said apart from the main fishing event, the festival showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Kabawa, the main ethnic group living in Argungu Emirate.
NAN reports that the Kebbi State Government had also commenced renovation of the Argungu Fishing and Cultural Festival Village used to accommodate visitors during the festival.
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