Nigeria: 2nd Abaji fishing festival set to hold in April

Posted: March 13, 2012 in travel & tourism

The second edition of the Abaji Fishing festival in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) will hold between Friday, April 13 and Sunday, April 15.

Head, Public Relations Department, FCT Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, Mr. Abuo Ojie, the, who disclosed this Tuesday in Abuja, said that the festival, earlier scheduled for March, was shifted to April, to ensure that the water level at the Yaba River in Abaji was favourable for fishing.

“We were advised to move the date of the festival forward because the water level at Yaba River will be high in March which is not good enough for fishing.

“So we moved the festival to April with the belief that the water level will be low and good for the fishing.”

Ojie said registration of fishermen for the festival would commence on April 13, while the fishing contest, exhibition of farm produce and fishing equipment would hold on April 14.

According to him, the festival, to be held at the Yaba Fishing Village in Abaji Area Council, will attract about 1,000 participants.

Ojie said that of the 1,000 participants, 53 nominees would be awarded with various categories of prizes.

“We are expecting promoters of fish and fishing products to come and exhibit their products. We are also expecting members of the diplomatic corps to grace the occasion.”

Unity Bank and Dabo Farms would partner with the secretariat to finance the festival, he said.

It would be recalled that Secretary, FCT Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, Mrs. Olvadi Madayi, had announced last year that the sum of N50, 000 would be awarded to the winner of the fishing festival.

Madayi also said that second and third prize winners would take home N30, 000 and N15, 000 respectively, while 50 other contestants would be awarded would be awarded N10,000 each as consolation prize.

The first edition of the fishing festival, organised to promote fishing and tourism in the FCT, was held in 2006.

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