Kano state government has set up a 15 man committee to fashion out how to improve the annual Durbar festival, in a bid to enhance revenue generation.
The state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje , who made the disclosure said the state government will collaborate with Kano Emirate Council to boost the potentials surrounding the annual traditional ritual.
In a statement signed by the Director General to the Governor, on media, Ameen Yasser stated that, the committee is mandated to devise channels through, which the culture, which is foremost in Northern Nigeria would be promoted and better packaged to attract tourists to the state.
The statement said, while inaugurating the committee, headed by the state Commissioner of Commerce, Alhaji Ahmad Rabi’u, Governor Ganduje said: “It is an integral part of our culture and tradition so we must take steps to safeguard it. The Durbar is increasingly attracting tourists from across the world hence, there is the need to make it more organized and interesting.
“It is to redefine the identified upgrades in conformity with the State’s distinctive traditional background, culture and attitude, and to conduct sites inspections and consultations with relevant personalities including the Emir of Kano”, Dr. Ganduje stated.
He added that the committee is expected to submit its report to governor Ganduje’s office , comprising a detailed observations and technical recommendations for government’s guidance, consideration, approvals and further directives.
The committee is further mandated to analyse the historical, cultural and psychological motive behind Kano state’s Sallah festivities and consider avenues for upgrading the activities , within the context of the state’s peculiarities, while studying and reviewing a related proposal by the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporations.
The Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II, noted that, “Improving the Durbar will attract more visitors, which in turn will help in projecting our image internationally, as against the bad name given to Muslims as a result of the activities of few individuals in our midst.”
He hailed the state government for indicating interest in the activities of the Emirate Council, adding that, the vibrancy of the Durbar posses the capacity to attract direct foreign investment into the ancient city of Kano.
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