As­so­ci­a­tion to re­vive Ar­gungu fish­ing fes­ti­val

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Joshua Odeyemi

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.

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