Kebbi State Government has disclosed the plan to boost fisheries, tourism, micro, small and medium scale enterprises in order to create jobs and business opportunities for the youths.
The Secretary to Kebbi State Government (SSG), Alhaji Babale Umar said at a Press Conference in Birnin-Kebbi that the Government has been working on a plan to establish an International Fish Market in Yauri to unlock the potential of this Sector.
He further said that the Government is set to inaugurate the market in Yauri, and to host the famous Argungu International Fishing Festival this year.
Babale said that all the required arrangements have already been done and completed to host the 2020 Yauri Annual Regatta Cultural Festival that is going to take place on February 22. It is going to be the State’s biggest agro tourism event that is expected to attract professionals from across the country.
The Regatta is a Gungunci language word of the Gungawa (one of the ethnic tribes) that means Marine Wars, and it connotes buoyancy and prestige. Regatta involves water sports manoeuvres and other varieties of entertainment.
Invitation to Regatta has been extended to the participants from Rivers, Delta and the Bayelsa States as a result of an affinity between the people of Yauri and also the Riverine areas.
In addition to this, the State has set up an Organizing Committee for the Argungu International and Cultural Fishing Festival that has been scheduled for March month.
Argungu festival had been inscribed in 2016 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organisation. It used to be held once a year earlier. But it couldn’t have held since last one decade.
The four-day festival, which runs between late February and March features series of water competitions, including hand fishing, canoe racing, wild duck catching — as well as other traditional practices, such as wrestling and boxing.