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My administration will promote culture through tourism – Diri

Gov. Douye Diri of Bayelsa on Friday said that his administration would promote the culture and history of people of the state through tourism.

He stated this at the opening of the Great Efi Lake Fishing Festival at Sabagreia community in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of the state.

Diri described the festival as an event with great potential to scale up the economy of the state.

The governor directed the Ministry of Culture and Tourism to include the festival in the state’s cultural calendar.

He commended the people of Sabagreia, Seibokorugha and Okoloba communities for sustaining the age-old traditional festival, urging them to make it an event to attract local and foreign tourists to the state.

Diri said, “I believe that these are the events that will promote our history and culture.

“As a government, we will ensure we have our own tourism activities celebrated not only by this state but in this nation and, even, internationally.

“l, therefore, call on the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr Iti Orugbani, to include this festival and other such important events in our cultural calendar.

“This is not just a local festival, as it has the potential to attract tourists into Bayelsa.

“Events such as this promote tourism, our history and culture. I’m really happy to see this large number of people from Kolokuma-Opokuma, from other parts of the state and beyond.’’

According to him, if the event is celebrated every four years, it will attract a lot of good things to the state.

Earlier, Chief Dengiye Ubarugu, the Chairman of Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area, appreciated the governor for his presence and support toward this year’s festival.

Ubarugu noted that this year’s festival had given the event the required government attention.

The highpoint of the festival was that the governor paddled a canoe into the lake and he caught some fishes. (NAN)

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