- A huge fish caught during a festival in Kebbi state will escape being killed by those who caught it
- Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi state ordered that the fish be returned to its natural habitat
- The fish, a manatee, was caught during Argungu International Fishing Festival
The governor of Kebbi state, Abubakar Bagudu, has ordered that the huge fish caught during Argungu International Fishing Festival be returned to the river.
The fish, a manatee, was caught during the festival by participants, NPO reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Governor Bagudu realised that the fish is an endangered specie and ordered those who caught it to return it to is natural habitat.
The governor made the directive for the purpose of preserving nature.
Recall that the Kebbi state government spent N650 million on the fishing festival that was held in the state.
The funds were used to rehabilitate roads, culverts, motels and other things before the occasion.
Started in 1934, it was used to mark the end of the age-long 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.
Legit.ng had reported that President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, March 12, visited Kebbi state to attend the agricultural fair and display which is an aspect of the Argungu international fishing festival.
Buhari was received by Governor Bagudu and officials of the state government at the airport.
Speaking on the event, the minister of information and culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said that the use of local content in the festival demonstrates the federal government’s interest in developing indigenous goods and products.
Meanwhile, Lai Mohammed, in Abuja, on Tuesday, March 3, declared that the Argungu festival had been included in the list of national programmes.
He made the declaration at the 2020 Argungu international and fishing festival.
The minister said that the traditional sport attracts both international and local tourists thereby creating jobs for a lot of persons, especially for women and youths. He pointed out that this is one very vital means of diversifying the nation's economy that has depended on crude oil.
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