The Argungu fishing festival is one of Nigeria’s internationally recognised cultural and tourism attractions.

But somehow it has suffered a lot of setback in recent years lately due to the state of insecurity in northern Nigeria.

However, Gov. Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi now says the state and the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture are collaborating to revive the festival.

The Governor disclosed this in Birnin Kebbi while interacting with journalists.

Bagudu said that the Argungu fishing festival, which was last held in 2009, was suspended due to challenges of Boko Haram insurgency.

He said the then government found it expedient to suspend the annual festival due to its susceptibility to insurgents attack because of the huge crowd it attracted.

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“The government suspended the festival until we are confident that the situation is back to normal, even though Kebbi state was not all that affected by the insurgency.

“Since last year, we are confident that the situations are back to normal and we have been working with the ministry to revive the festival.

“But, of course you always avoid the rainy season and there are a lot of things to be put in place like the infrastructure and the accommodation that have decayed in the course of the suspension.

“We are working hard to ensure that all these are back in order and the sponsors are up to date in order to make it as international as possible to attract the widest audience,” he said.

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