Abuja - There was palpable excitement as the coastal states raced each other at the Jabi Lake, venue of the boat regatta of the Abuja Carnival on Monday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the competition attracted a large crowd while competitors displayed their skills and dexterity in boat handling under high speed.
Sonia Trausa, a German tourist, expressed her excitement at the event, adding that Nigeria was a country of beautiful cultures.
She, however, called on the government to improve the security situation, adding that the news of an insurgency was enough to dissuade potential tourists.
NAN reports that many other foreign tourists, who could not express themselves in the English language, beamed with smiles while watching the competition.
NAN reports that Kogi, Taraba, Rivers, Bayelsa and Anambra participated in the competition.
Prof. Ojo Bakare, the artistic director of the Abuja National Carnival, said the regatta was organised to showcase the skills and potentials of the riverine areas of the country.
``The idea is to celebrate the aquatic environment prospects that the local and foreign investors can develop.
``The country is blessed with enormous eco-tourism potential, that if well exploited will fetch the government huge revenue’’, Bakare said.
Bakare urged all tiers of government to harness the eco-tourism potential of their localities for economic benefit.