High Waters Stop FCT Fishing Festival

The second FCT Fishing Festival will not hold this year, because of the huge volume of water in the area, Mr Abdullahi Idris, managing director, Abuja Tourism Board has said.

Idris told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Abuja that the large volume of water was not good for fishing, but that it was the best for other water events.

He noted that the large volume of water in the Yaba area of Abaji council area had hindered the 2007 fishing festival.

According to him, our experience last year informed our decision to shift the festival to between March and April next year.

“This will give us sufficient time for planning and get private sector involvement in the event,” he said.

Idris said that the board was making efforts to get corporate sponsorship to brand the festival and give it a proper image.

“The 2008 fishing festival will be branded to give the festival a name and attract more participation. We are looking forward to a time when the Abaji fishing festival will be engraved in the Nigerian tourism map in comparison with the Argungu Fishing Festival,” he said.

He noted that the festival would offer local fishermen the opportunity of interacting with other fishermen from various states and give them an opportunity to witness better catches with modern fishing equipment.

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