As part of plans to boost tourism activities, revenue and Gross Domestic Products (GDP) of the state, the Kano State Government says it has concluded plans to hold kids’ festival between January and February 2018.
Mr. Alli Talli, Deputy Director, Kano State Ministry of Tourism, Commerce and Industry told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Wednesday.
He said that the second edition of the planned festival would focus on educating, enlightening and exposing children to Nigerian culture in general and Kano traditions/culture.
Talli said that the forthcoming festival would be memorable, adding that the state government had showed commitment to make it a big event.
“The maiden edition is a great one but the second edition will be bigger as proper planning is ongoing to make it a memorable one,” he said.
He also said that no fewer than 1,000 schools across the nations are expected to participate in the festival.
According to him, children between 4 years and above are expected to participate in the festival.
“The students are expected to come from all parts of the country. Several schools have indicated interest to participate in the kids’ festival,” he said.
The deputy director said the purpose of the event was also to unite all the children across the country, irrespective of tribe, state or ethnic group.
“The event will bring about cultural integration and expose the children to culture, arts and lifestyle of people of kano and indeed the history of Nigeria.”
According to him, the proposed event will hold in Kano with tour of tourism sites in the state and will also showcase the role of kano state in the history of Nigeria.
He mentioned some of the activities for to be featured in the festival to include; cultural dance, drama, poetry, musical shows, visits to side attractions and learning of the history of kano state and its role in Nigerian history.
Talli assured potential tourists and visitors of adequate security and a befitting tourism experience during the event.
“The security in the state is under control and the government is working closely with the security agencies to ensure safety of lives and property in the city.”
He said that the state government had renovated and upgraded all the tourist sites across the state to make it more befitting for tourists.