By Shedrack Frank
Governor Douye Diri de Bayelsa said on Friday his administration would promote the culture and history of the state’s residents through tourism.
He said this during the opening of the Great Efi Lake Fishing Festival in the community of Sabagreia in the Kolokuma / Opokuma local government area in the state.
Diri described the festival as an event with great potential to develop the state’s economy.
The governor ordered the Ministry of Culture and Tourism to include the festival in the state’s cultural calendar.
He praised the residents of the communities of Sabagreia, Seibokorugha and Okoloba for supporting the centuries-old traditional festival, urging them to make it an event to attract local and foreign tourists to the state.
Diri said, “I believe these are the events that will promote our history and our culture.
“As a government, we will ensure that our own tourism activities are celebrated not only by this state, but in this country and even internationally.
“I 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.
“It’s not just a local festival, because it has the potential to attract tourists to Bayelsa.
“Events like this promote tourism, our history and our culture. I’m really happy to see this huge number of people from Kolokuma-Opokuma, 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, chairman of the Kolokuma / Opokuma local government area, appreciated the governor for his presence and support at this year’s festival.
Ubarugu noted that this year’s festival gave the event due attention from the government.
The highlight of the festival was that the governor paddled a canoe in the lake and he caught fish. (NAA)