By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said the revival of the Argungu Motor Rally, the traditional start of the annual Argungu International Fishing and Cultural Festival, is a testimony to the success of the Buhari Administration’s efforts at restoring peace and security in the country.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, stated this when he flagged off the 2020 Argungu Motor Rally at the Eagle Square yesterday in Abuja.
This was contained in a statement signed by Segun Adeyemi Special Assistant to the President (Media) Office of The Minister of Information and Culture stayed that the Minister, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the flag-off, also said the fact that only vehicles assembled in Nigeria are participating in the rally shows the Administration’s commitment to building local capacity and diversifying the economy through manufacturing.
He said another attribute of the Argungu Motor Rally is that it will promote tourism in the country.
Mohammed congratulated the government and people of Kebbi State for the revival of the Argungu International Fishing and Cultural Festival, which has not been held for the past 10 years due to security considerations.
He said that the Motor Rally, one of the many events slated for the 11-14 March Festival, is unique, because unlike the other events which are domiciled in Argungu, the rally starts from Abuja, crisscrosses four states (Nasarawa, Kaduna, Katsina and Sokoto), before ending up in Kebbi State – the home state of the Festival.
‘’Specifically, the Motor Rally will cover 13 towns and cities – from Abuja to Keffi to Kachia to Kaduna to Funtua to Gusau to Sokoto to Shagari to Dogondaji to Tambuwal to Jega to Birnin Kebbi and finally to Argungu.’’ the Minister said.