Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu says his administration will sustain maximum support to upholding cultural values and promoting tourism.
A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Abubakar Mu’azu Dakingari says Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu made this declaration at the first Kebbi State Cultural Day organized by the State Chapter of Hill-Top Creative Arts Foundation in collaboration with the state government held at the Banquet Hall President Lodge Birnin Kebbi this Wednesday.
Represented by the Deputy Governor, Retired Colonel Sama’ila Yombe Dabai, the Governor described Kebbi state as the home of Rich-Culture which has helped to bind the people together as one family.
Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu specifically mentioned Argungu Fishing Festival, Huttungo in Gwandu Emirate, Rigata in Yauri and Uhola in Zuru being held annually to attract tourism and a fora for displaying the rich cultural values of the people of the state and strengthen their unity.
Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu identified with the ideals and concept of the philosophy of Kebbi Cultural Day which he pledged to uphold and sustain.
The Governor was full of praise for Professor Aliyu Muhammad Bunza a renown Hausa linguist who used dramatisation and poetry to send his message across to the audience in the course of reviewing a paper presented at the cultural day.
He thanked the people of Kebbi state for their massive support to the APC ruling party in the last election, which led to its victory and swearing-in of those elected including himself.
Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu affirmed commitment to delivering dividends of democracy to all nooks and crannies of Kebbi state in furtherance of effort to the uplifthment of the living condition of the people.
The chairman of the occasion Professor Abubakar Muhammad Ka’oje represented by Professor Mahuta emphasized the importance of safeguarding the cultural norms and tradition of the society saying that, people who lost their culture have lost their identity.
The Guest Speaker Hajiya Aisha Augie Kuta described Kebbi state as the most prominent home of knowledge and culture in Nigeria, considering its massive rich cultural heritage and the contribution of the famous Islamic scholar Sheikh Abdullahi Bn Fodio to the attainment of knowledge in the nation.
Hajiya Aisha Augie highly recommended that, the state government should sponsor a documentary project to document the history of Kebbi state for posterity.
In reviewing of the paper presented, Professor Aliyu Muhammad Bunza expressed regret that Nigeria has relegated and neglected mother tongue in favour of foreign language as means of learning instruction and communication with negative consequences.
He added that the lack of use of mother tongue in our education system has prevented citizens of the nation from acquiring education in its deepest sense.
He made it clear that any education acquired by any person at any level with the use of foreign language, such person could be said to have acquired education of a fraction of what it ought to be.
He recommended that Nigeria must adopt the use of mother tongue as means of instruction her its educational policy.
Professor Aliyu Bunza undertook to translate into Hausa the paper presented by the Guest Speaker Aisha Augie Kuta in view of its richness for use by Hausa speaking audience.
On the occasion, Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu was conferred with peace ambassador award while his wife Dr. Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu received the award of women and children welfare ambassador and her investiture as patron of the foundation in the state.
Others honoured were the SSG Babale Umar Yauri (mni) conferred with an award of excellence, former Accountant-General of the state Alh. Muhammadu Kwaido as well as former Permanent Secretary Hajiya Maimuna M. Bala, both received similar award of excellence.
Cultural troupes and drama groups from Gwandu, Argungu, Yauri and Zuru Emirates entertained guests at the first Kebbi Cultural Day.
Birnin Kebbi, kebbi State.