The Argungu Emirate Council in Kebbi has commenced preparations for the hosting of the Argungu International Fishing and Cultural Festival in 2017.
The Emir of Alhaji Samaila Mera said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria [NAN] in Argungu on Thursday.
He said that the emirate council was collaboratiing with the State Tourism Board to make proper arrangements for a hitch-free festival, which was among Nigeria’s top tourism events.
The emir said that the fishing festival was suspended for many years due to security concern following Boko Haram attacks on soft targets across the northern part of the country.
NAN reports that the festival was last held in 2009.
Mera said “the dramatic increase in security nationwide” has encouraged them to prepare to host the event, which used to attract tourists from all parts of the world.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for restoring normalcy in the North east, and saluted the courage and determination of the Nigerian military for the successes recorded.
The emir said apart from the main fishing event, the festival showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Kabawa, the main ethnic group living in Argungu Emirate.
The Kebbi Government had also commenced renovation of the Argungu Fishing and Cultural Festival Village used to accommodate visitors during the festival.