By Charles Kalu
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed is promising to give the Argungu International Fishing and Cultural Festival global visibility and publicity.
The Minister gave the assurance when the Emir of Argungu in Kebbi State, Alhaji Samaila Mohammed Mera, conferred on him, the traditional title of ‘Kakakin Kebbi’ (Ambassador of the Kebbi Culture).
The Emir announced the conferment of the title on the Minister in Abuja on Tuesday at a press conference to unveil the programmes and activities lined up for the 2020 Argungu International Fishing and Cultural Festival, which comes up 11-14 March.
The Minister expressed delight at the revival of the Argungu International Fishing and Cultural Festival, noting that it was one of the most widely attended festivals in Nigeria and the oldest of its kind, dating back many generations.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed said;
“For us at the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, we attach a great importance to this festival, just like many of our great festivals nationwide. This explains why we are leaving no stone unturned in ensuring the maximum publicity for the forthcoming festival”.
”We are going to Argungu next week with a battery of journalists from here in order to help raise the profile of the festival. We will be using the new and traditional media to put the 2020 Argungu International Fishing and Cultural Festival on the national and international map. The festival deserves no less,” he said.
The Minister disclosed that the Argungu International Fishing and Cultural Festival has been included in the Calendar of Nigerian Festivals, which will enable tourists to plan their attendance of the various festivals in the country with ease.
Argungu Festival: Emir Honours Info Minister With Traditional Title
Earlier, the Emir disclosed that the decision of the Argungu Emirate Council to confer the traditional title on the Minister was based on the recognition of his efforts to project the cultural heritage of the diverse peoples of Nigeria to the world and create jobs, income and positive awareness for the youth through Festivals, Arts and Cultural Exhibitions.
In his words; “We admire your loyalty to our country and your fearless defence of our national identity and integrity through the discharge of the responsibilities of your office.”
The Emir noted that it was under the watch of Alhaji Lai Mohammed that the Argungu International Fishing and Cultural Festival was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
“I don’t know of any individual outside the Emirate who has shown so much enthusiasm towards working with us to achieve success,” he said.
For his part, Alhaji Samaila Yombe, the Deputy Governor of Kebbi State, who is also the Chairman of the Organising Committee, listed some of the events slated for the festival as Grand Fishing, Kabanci Display, Agric Show, Cultural Display, Catapulting, Archery, Traditional Boxing and Traditional Wrestling.
Others events include; the Sharo, Motor Rally, Bicycle Race, Donkey Race, Camel Race, Durbar and Polo.