The winner of the 2020 Argungu International fishing festival, Abubakar Yau, from Augie Local Government Area of Kebbi went home with over N7million, two new cars and two Hajj seats for catching the biggest fish weighing 78 kilograms.
The second place winners was Malam Bala Yahaya-Bagaye whose fish weighed 75 kilogramme fish while Malam Maiwake Sani Silami from sokoto stste came third for catching a fish with 70 kilogrammes.
The Senate President, Dr Ahmed Lawal, who was also the special guest of honour, said 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.
“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 continued to work had to ensure d that you have a good working environment.
“This is an international event that drew people from neighbouring countries,” he added.
Kebbi Governor Atiku Bagudu described the event as “historic and worthy of celebration” by people of the state and beyond.”
“he said it is a celebration of historic people, we must celebrate what unites us more than what divides us.”
Over 50,000 fishermen participated in the annual cultural festival held in Argungu local government area of kebbi state.
The prices were donated by the government, public office holders and corporate organisations.