The latest incarnation of the Argungu Motor Rally has kicked off at Eagles Square in Abuja for the introductory ceremony. President Mohammad Buhari was represented by the Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed who flagged off the event. The Motor Rally will showcase various brands of Nigerian assembled automobiles. These brands include Peugeot, Nissan, GAC, Honda, Hyundai, JAC, Changan, Yutong, JMC, and Dongfeng.
The annual event which started in the 1970s is returning after a long hiatus. All the cars showcased being locally assembled. Dignitaries that graced the occasion are the Governor of Kebbi State Abubakar Atiku (Kebbi State is the main venue). Also in attendance is the Minister of Industry, Trade, and investment Adeniyi Adebayo together with the Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami(SAN). Ekiti State Governor was in attendance (Kayode Fayemi). The NADDC team led by the Director-General, Mr. Jelani Aliyu were in attendance.
The event will start at the Federal capital (Abuja) before fully commencing in Kebbi State. The ceremony will kick off properly in Argungu when the cultural fishing and every other activity will take place.
This year’s Argungu Motor Rally is hosted by Kebbi State Government in collaboration with National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) with the active involvement of all local assembly plants in Nigeria with the aim of showcasing vehicles locally made in the country and their capacity to cope with the peculiar terrains in the country.
The vehicles were flagged-off, drivers of the participating vehicles zoomed off on a three-day roadshow through Nasarawa, Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto and Kebbi to demonstrate their ruggedness, agility, adaptability to various terrains, safety and comfortability. The climax of the event would be on Saturday in Argungu, Kebbi State with Grand Fishing Festival and Awards to winners.
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