Preparations for Argungu Fishing Festival Begins, After 10 Years It was Rested


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Plans are underway by the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) to bring back Argungu Fishing Festival, one of the sought-after cultural festivals in the nation’s tourism calendar of events, after 10 years it was rested.

Already, the traditional ruler and Emir of Argungu, Kebbi State, Alhaji Samaria Mera, has visited the NCAC Headquarters in Abuja some weeks ago and he got a nod in respect of  government involvement.

The Director General, the NCAC, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, gave his support. He said

the Fish House he built in 2010 as Director Generalm the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) would also be refurbished to boost tourism in the country.

“We will use Argungu to make a bold statement that indeed it is a festival that unites. We will continue to support it henceforth because it is arguably the number one in the country with UNESCO endorsement,” he said.

Runsewe displayed several promotional material specially designed by NCAC to promote the 2020 edition of the festival ddduring the meeting.

The director-general also showed off  the prototype of the cultural centre he planned to build in Argungu emirate, saying that it was modelled after the best cultural centre in the world.

Runsewe himself  a titled chief from Argungu Emirate,  is keen to revive the festival which had a long history with a rich cultural content that remained unrivalled globally.

The emir appreciated Runsewe for identifying with the festival which he said was not only symbolic but served as a platform for projecting Nigeria’s rich cultural endowments.

He decried the decade long abandonment of the festival and was, however, delighted with the new impetus injected by the director-general. He hopes the Argungu Fishing Festival will be resuscitated to assume its place of honour among other high profile festivals in the country.

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