By Amuda Dan Sulaiman Fab
In support of the ‘Lokoja Forum of Patriots’, organizers of the annual Lokoja boat regatta, the Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu has donated a brand new motorcycle to the organizers.
Speaking during the presentation of the motorcycle, Alhaji Muhammed Salisu Aliyu who represented the Minister said the gesture is to promote tourism and culture and to motivate the participants during the fortcoming regatta festival.
“The contribution is part of Dr. Aliyu’s support towards promoting tourism and culture in Lokoja local government area. We salute members of the Lokoja Forum of Patriots for their sacrifice and successes in the previous boat regatta festivals” he added.
Responding, Chairman of the Lokoja Forum of Patriots, Alhaji Idris Baba’Ango, lauded the efforts of the Minister, ” especially at a time of hardship occasioned by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Baba’Ango who said the donation was the first to be presented to the Forum, prayed God to reward the Minister abundantly.
According to him, items donated will be presented to participants as prizes during the festival, which he said would hold in October this year.
He said the fourth edition of the boat regatta will be more electrifying than the previous editions with performances and appearances of local musicians, comedians and entertainment acts, addding that a chorale group accompanied by a spectacular fireworks will be displayed.