The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said therevivalof the Argungu Motor Rally, the traditional start of theannual ArgunguInternational Fishing and Cultural Festival, is atestimony to the success of the Buhari Administration’s efforts atrestoring peace and security in the country.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this when he flagged off the 2020 Argungu Motor Rally at the Eagle Square in Abuja on Wednesday.
The Minister, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the flag-off, also said the fact that only vehicles assembled in Nigeriaare participating in therally shows the Administration’s commitment to building local capacity anddiversifying the economy through manufacturing.
He said another attribute of the Argungu Motor Rally is that it will promote tourism in the country.
Alhaji Mohammed congratulated the government and people of Kebbi State for the revival of the Argungu International Fishing and CulturalFestival, which has not been held for the past 10 years due to security considerations.
He said that the Motor Rally, one of the many events slated for the11-14 March Festival, is unique, because unlike the other events whichare domiciled in Argungu, the rally starts from Abuja, crisscrossesfour states (Nasarawa, Kaduna, Katsina and Sokoto), before ending upin Kebbi State – the home state of the Festival.
”Specifically, the Motor Rally will cover 13 towns and cities – fromAbuja to Keffi to Kachia to Kaduna to Funtua to Gusau to Sokoto toShagari to Dogondaji to Tambuwal to Jega to Birnin Kebbi and finallyto Argungu.
”You can now see that the Argungu Fishing and Cultral Festival is not just a local or state festival, but a national festival, a festival ofunity. This is why the FederalGovernment will continue to provide all the necessary support for the Festival,and indeed for all the festivals on our national calendar,” the Minister said.
The flag-off ceremony was attended by Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State; the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice , Mr. Abubakar Malami, and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment , Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, among other dignitaries.