…To Flag Off Argungu Motor Rally
Nigeria’s agriculture tourism merchant and Governor of Kebbi State, Alhaji Abubakar Bagudu is targeting about 15,000 jobs from the activities of rebranded Argungun Fishing and Cultural Festival scheduled for next year.
Bagudu, a keen follower of global cultural tourism source markets and upbeats in emerging destinations, submits that Kebbi’s most famous fishing festival with a huge international offering could swing travel visits to Nigeria and consequently create jobs that will drop unemployment rate in the state and also cause rapid urbanisation of Kebbi’s rural areas.
The governor, who is determined to build the economic profile of the agrarian state through structured cultural and tourism resources has uplifted the buoyant economy of Kebbi through massive rice cultivation and export.
Bagudu promised to bring back the Argungu motor rally, which predates the famous Paris Dakar Rally to build reliable bridges for Kebbi’s technological development and as a strategic support base offering to revive the automotive industry.
Consequently, the Kebbi government has commenced discussion with renowned General Motors Creative Designer and Director-General, National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), Jelani Aliyu on how to revive the Argungu Motor Rally, ahead of the expected come back of AIF and CF next year.
Also speaking, the Special Adviser and Coordinator of Argungu Fishing Festival, Alhaji Nura Kangiwa noted that the determination of Bagudu to work hands in glove with Nigerian tourism stakeholders to harness the expected one billion tourists projected to visit notable global tourism destinations at end of this year, an opportunity to which Kebbi is prepared to benefit from and oxygenate rural economic and social development.
According to Kangiwa, “The Argungu festival would provide opportunity for women in the informal sector which is often home-based and enables women who takes care of children and the elderly relatives to generate income. The youths with less education will also be captured and that is why we are keen to keep our eyes on the progressive upswing of international tourist movement, a momentum that may peak at the time, Argungu festival takes next year.”
Meanwhile, arrangements have been concluded by Kebbi State Government to use the Polo and international cultural events coming in July to water the expectations of partners are sponsors of Argungu Fishing and Cultural Festival.
The event is expected to feature traditional wrestling championship between Nigeria and Niger, with side offerings in Sharo, Tauri, Camel racing and Hawan Qaho (full fighting).