By Shuaibu Zubair Tatu ,Birnin Kebbi
The Senate president of National House of Assembly Alhaji Ahmed Lawal on Saturday assured to work together with President Muhammadu Buhari to improve security and job creation in Nigeria.
Lawal made the assertion during 2020 Argungu fishing and cultural festival in the State.
” The legislative arm of government will continue to work with President Muhammadu Buhari to improve security and job creation in Nigeria. This festival has tell us that our country is bless with a lot of resources .
Speaking at the occasion, the Special Guest of Honour and the Senate President, Lawal said that the festival was a demonstration of Nigeria’s rich culture.
“When I looked at the fishing pond, I said ‘oh God we are blessed’; what we only need is for us to harness the resources that we are endowed within this country.
He said ” years back the festival could not be celebrated because of insecurity but with the help of God mighty that give us the straight to showcase the fishing festival this year.
“The history of the festival is long, dating back to 1934. I learnt that the celebration could not hold for over 10 years due to insecurity.
“We have to thank God for making it possible and commend our armed forces for their efforts to secure our nation.
“We will not get tired of making sure that you have a good working environment.
“This is an international event that drew people from neighbouring countries; this is a bond that must be sustained.”
Lawan lamented the number of out-of-school children, especially in Northern Nigeria, and called for proper action to reduce the menace.
While congratulating the winners, the Senate President urged those who did not win not to be discouraged, urging them to redouble efforts for a more competitive challenge in subsequent years.
He announced a donation of N5 million to be shared among all participants to give all a sense of belonging.
Gov. Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State described the event as “historic and worthy of celebration” by people of the state and beyond.
Bagudu said the festival is a celebration of equitable competition where fishermen come from all over both from within and outside Nigeria. This certainly is a symbol of unity. This is a challenge for all of us as Nigerians.
“As people of Kebbi, we are very proud to have you here and we pray Almighty God will take each one of you back home safely,” he said.
Earlier in a welcome address, the Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Sama’la Mera, appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for paving way for relative peace that culminated into organising the fishing festival.
He also appreciated the state governor and all others who contributed towards ensuring the success of the event, especially the Senate President, Dr Ahmed Lawal, the Sultan of Sokoto, Dr Sa’ad Abubakar III, GSM operators and others sponsors.
He said: “We have been waiting for this event for the past 10 years. We are grateful to Almighty God for making it possible for us to witness the 60th event.
The Authority report that Malam Abubakar Ya’u from Augie Local Government Area of Kebbi got N10 million, two new cars and two Hajj seats for catching the biggest fish weighing 78 kilogrammes at the 2020 Argungu fishing festival while Malam Bala Yahaya-Bagaye clinched the second position with his fish that weighed 75 kilogramme, while Malam Maiwake Sani from Sokoto came third for catching a fish weighing 70 kilogrammes.
The authority gathered that the Chairman, Northern Governors Forum, Gov. Simon Lalong, donated N3 million to the first position, N2 million to the second position, while N1 million went to the fisherman that clinched the third position.
Dr Hassan Bello, Executive Secretary, Nigeria Shippers Council, presented N1 million to the first position, N750,000 to the second position, and N500,000 to the third . And Maltina Nigeria Limited donated KEKE NAPEP and motorcycles for the second and third prize winners respectively
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal donated N3 million, N2 million and N1 million to the first, second and third positions respectively, and a Hajj seat for the third position
West African Cotton Company Limited (WACOT) donated a new car, N1 million and Hajj seat to first position, while Dr Zainab Bagudu, wife of Kebbi State Governor, also donated a brand new car to him.
The Authority further reports that dignitaries at the occasion included the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Justice, Alhaji Abubakar Malami, Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Maigari Dangyade, Leader of the Senate, Sen. Yahaya Abdullahi, and Sen. Kabiru Gaya.
Also in attendance were Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Gov. Sani Bello of Niger State and Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau State.
Others included the Sultan of Sokoto, Dr Sa’ad Abubakar III, Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Emir of Gwandu, Muhammad Bashir, the Emir of Gombe, Abubakar Abubakar III, King Alfred Dietue-Spiff from Bayelsa and other traditional
The Authority added that over 50,000 fishermen participated in the “Grand Finale” of the 2020 Argungu International Fishing Festival.