Association to revive Argungu fishing festival
Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) said it will help revive the Argungu International Fishing and Cultural festival.
The newly-elected Vice President North West of FTAN, Nura Sani Kangiwa made this known in an interview at the weekend in Abuja.
Kangiwa said association was that the planning to partner Argungu Emirate Council and the Kebbi State Government to revive the event.
“Argungu festival releases a riot of multilayered cultural events that glitter in their gushing profusion and astonished the world in both authenticity and variety of content, this no doubt gave Kebbi State honour, dignity and pride.
“We will therefore work more closely together and make an effort to exchange regular and truthful information that will help to ensure sustainable growth of the Argungu Fishing Festival.
“In line with the mission of the current administration’s call to diversify the economy and lessen the dependence on oil, this tourism product will be revamped so that collectively, we can satisfy the yearnings of the people,” Kangiwa said.
Kangiwa, who also holds the traditional title of “Turakin Kebbi” noted that the festival was already a tourism product “that is acclaimed worldwide’’.
He also revealed that the body will host a conference of traditional rulers aimed at fostering tourism for sustainable development.
Kangiwa said that the conference, tagged: “Peace Through Tourism”, was expected to facilitate tourism initiatives, which would contribute to sustainable tourism development of the country.
“The conference will, among other things, discuss the role of traditional rulers in the promotion of sustainable tourism development in Nigeria,” he said.
FTAN is the apex body of tourism associations in Nigeria.