President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Argungu, Kebbi State, says resurgence of Argungu Agricultural and Fishing Festival after 11 years of suspension, and other international festivals across the country, signals more confidence in improved security.
President Buhari stated this at the ongoing 60th Argungu Fishing and Cultural Festival Argungu Agricultural Fair in Kebbi state.
The President said that insecurity had hindered tourism and entertainment for many years, with ripple effects on the economy, promising to promote policies that would stimulate more interest in tourism and entertainment.
He gave an assurance that the Federal Government would sustain investments in security, infrastructure to boost cultural tourism, and attract more investments in the entertainment industry.
The President said “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.
President Buhari said many international festivals, such as the Argungu Fishing and Cultural Festival, were being celebrated across the country, bringing all Nigerians closer together and improving collective appreciation of the nation’s diversity, while projecting the rich history and culture to foreigners.
“In both instances, massive jobs are created in the tourism sector, which we all agree is still not fully developed.” President stated.
We must therefore continue to encourage, support and promote such festivals.
The President commended the Governor of Kebbi State, His Highness, Emir of Argungu, Minister of Information and Culture, Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria and members of the organising committee at the local, state and federal levels for the remarkable event.’
The President said the government focused on food security by investing in programmes that would stimulate more investors in agriculture and improve system of farming.
“We established the National Food Security Council, which I Chair, supported by the Governor of this State, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, to ensure that all our successes to date are continuously improved upon.
“I thank the people of Kebbi State for your support to the Governor as he embarked on this very important national assignment.’’
Commending private sector sponsors and international development partners for supporting the 60th Argungu Fishing and Cultural Festival, the President said Nigerians have the capacity to solve the challenges facing the country.
The Governor of Kebbi State, Sen Abubakar Bagudu commended President Buhari for adding value to the agricultural sector in the state, providing an enabling environment for festivals, like the Argungu Fishing and Cultural Festival.
The Emir of Argungu commended the present administration for the bold step to close the land borders, which clearly showed his penchant to always pursue national interest.
President Muhammadu Buhari attends the 2020 Argungu International Agricultural Show and Cultural Festival in Kebbi State. PHOTOS: Anas Ja’en
Argungu Agricultural Fair is part of activities at the 60th Argungu Fishing and Cultural Festival, which is a UNESCO World Heritage event.