By Mashe Umaru Gwamna and Mercy Ovave Abuja
The Special Adviser to the Governor of Kebbi state on Tourism and the Coordinator of Argungu Cultural and Fishing festival Nura Sani,said the 2nd edition of Argungu Polo Tournament and Cultural Fete set to takeoff next month targets to create over 15,000 jobs.
Kangiwa while addressing newsmen in Abuja recently , said that although the fishing and Cultural festival is scheduled to take place early next year, the Argungu Annual Polo tournament and Cultural fete which is one of the events to herald the age long festival will begin in the first week of next month.
While, noting that Governor Abubakar Bagudu was determined to work hand in gloves with the Nigerian Tourism stakeholders to harness the one billion tourists projected visitors to this notable global tourism destination at the end of this year, an opportunity to which Kebbi indigenes are prepared to benefit from which will in turn oxygenate rural economic and social development.
He added that this year’s event will be sponsored and supported by the Federal Inland Revenue Services and National Council for Arts and Culture respectively. Maltina and Argungu Emirate Council are also partnering the programme.
According to him, the Polo tournament is part of the programm of the main festival, adding that this epoch making tournament will be chaired by the grand patron of NSK farms, Emir of Argungu Sama’ila Mohammed Mera .
Earlier, the Governor of Kebbi state, Abubakar Bagudu, said that the state is targeting 15000 jobs from the activities of the rebranded Argungu fishing and Cultural festival billed for next year.
According to Bagudu ‘’ Kebbi state is known most famous Fishing festival with a huge international offering could swing travel visits to Nigeria and coincidentally create jobs that will drop unemployment rate in the state and also cause rapid urbanization of Kebbi rural areas.
It would be recalled that UNESCO has listed the Argungu Fishing and Cultural Festival as an intangible cultural heritage the only one of its kind in Nigeria.