The festival came to an end on Saturday with Abubakar Ya’u from Augie Local Government Area of Kebbi emerging as a winner.
Mr Ya’u got N10 million, two new cars and two Hajj seats for catching the biggest fish weighing 78 kilogramme at the 2020 Argungu fishing festival.
According to reports, Mr Ya’u’s catch was adjudged the best among the fishes caught by thousands of fishermen that participated in the annual cultural festival held in Kebbi State.
Coming behind Mr Ya’u, is Bala Yahaya-Bagaye, who clinched the second position with his fish that weighed 75 kilogramme, while Maiwake Sani came third for catching a fish weighing 70 kilogramme.
Northern Governors Forum chairman, 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.
The Executive Secretary, Nigeria Shippers Council, Hassan Bello, presented N1 million to the first position, N750,000 to the second position, and N500,000 to the third.
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 Zainab Bagudu, wife of Kebbi State Governor, also donated a brand new car to him.
Maltina Nigeria Limited donated KEKE NAPEP and motorcycles for the second and third prize winners respectively.
The Special Guest of Honour and the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, while speaking at the occasion, 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 with in this country.
The history of the festival is long, dating back to 1934. I learned 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 of 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 neigbouring countries; this is a bond that must be sustained.
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