Argungun fishing festival to gulp N650m as Kebbi govt gets ready

Argungun fishing festival to gulp N650m as Kebbi govt gets ready

- As 2020 Argugu International Festival draws near, the Kebbi state government has said it will spend N650 million to make it a success

- The funds will be used to renovate infrastructures that would make the state more hospitable during the festival

- The festival gives $7500 (N2,726,250) to whoever catches the biggest fish during its fishing competition

The 2020 Argugu International Fishing and Cultural Festival which will be held in March is one of the things to look forward to in Nigeria.

For adequate preparation, the Kebbi state government has said it will be spending a whopping N650 million on it, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

In explaining how the funds will be used, the state’s commissioner of works, Alhaji Abubakar Chika-Ladan on Wednesday, February 19, said it will be used to rehabilitate roads, culverts, motels and other things that would make the state ready for the occasion.

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It should be noted that the festival takes place for four days where rivers matanfada, mala, and gamji are used.

The festival draws participants and tourists from around the world. Photo source: UNESCO

The festival draws participants and tourists from around the world. Photo source: UNESCO
Source: UGC

Started in 1934, it was used to mark the end of the agelong war between the Sokoto Caliphate and the Kebbi Kingdom.

The festival is a very competitive one as thousands vie to catch the largest fish immediately the competition is declared open.

Whoever catches the largest and biggest fish goes home with $7500 (N2,726,250), In 2005, the winning fish weighed 75kg where four men had to help lift it on the scale.

A year after in 2006, the competition was, however, suspended, because the water levels were low and safety was not guaranteed.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Ogbunike cave in Anambra state is one of Nigeria’s sought-after destinations for tourists as it offers adventures nobody will forget in a hurry.

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The place is for those who are really after some adventurous outing. Below, are therefore five hidden facts about the cave.

The cave which is located behind the Ogba hills has 317 steps, and when climbing, visitors are expected by tradition to take off their shoes.

The water in the cave is therapeutic. No wonder people who visit the cave are always wont to take some home.

The cave reportedly has 10 tunnels that lead to different places in the cave. This adds more excitement to exploring the cave.

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