By Egena Sunday Ode, Abuja
Delighted by the many products displayed at this year’s edition of Argungu Agricultural and Fishing Festival, President Muhammadu Buhari said the participants had really made him proud.
Accordingly, he assured them of continuous government support in terms of provision of access to credit facilities and adequate inputs among others.
“For our farmers, fishing communities, those in the livestock sector and agro entrepreneurs, you have truly made me proud. We shall continue to support you all with access to credit, adequate inputs, access to markets and policies that will promote and support your competitiveness, “Buhari assured them.
Speaking Thursday in Argungu, Kebbi State, the President also noted that re-emergence of Argungu Agricultural and Fishing Festival after 11 years of suspension, and other international festivals across the country, signaled more confidence in improved security.
A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina said Buhari assured that the Federal Government would sustain investments in security infrastructure to boost cultural tourism, and attract more investments in the entertainment industry.
He noted that insecurity had created a lull in tourism and entertainment for many years, with ripple effects on the economy, by restricting movements, gatherings and investments, promising to promote policies that will stimulate more interest in tourism and entertainment.
“Our presence here today is evidence of Government’s commitment to restoring security and expanding domestic food production as core mandate of our programmes.
“We are all aware that this important cultural gathering was suspended for 11 years as a result of insecurity. Today, by the grace of God, this festival is back and I hope back for good.
“We are not only celebrating the reinstatement of this important gathering, but we are also celebrating the remarkable progress made in restoring peace and security to this region and indeed, our country. It is also noteworthy that yesterday in Abuja a motor rally across five states, which will terminate here in Argungu, was flagged off.’’
The Emir of Argungu commended the President for the bold step to close the land borders, which clearly showed his penchant to always pursue national interest.
Argungu Agricultural Fair is part of activities at the 60th Argungu Fishing and Cultural Festival, which is a UNESCO World Heritage event.