Speaking at the 2017 RATTAFEST, an annual cultural festival organized by RATTAWU, National President of the Union, Comrade Garba Sanni praised Alhaji Kankarofi's commitment to the union which he demonstrated as an active member of the union throughout his career in broadcasting and has continued to demonstrate as Chief Executive of APCON - a Federal government agency. Comrade Sanni said, this commitment has led to the establishment of a chapter of RATTAWU at APCON and the support which APCON has been giving to the union.
Alhaji Kankarofi, along with eight other distinguished Nigerians, received a recognition award for his patriotic service to Nigeria and support to the union. He was also installed a patron of RATTAWU, North Central zone.
Speaking while receiving the award, Alhaji Kankarofi said he was humbled by the recognition accorded him by RATTAWU. He said his conviction about the value of responsible trade unionism did not change with his assumption of Chief Executive Officer positions at Radio Kano and subsequently APCON and explained that those who perceived him as being opposed to trade unionism at APCON, failed to understand his position on the matter. He said he was dedicating the award conferred on him to Mrs. Emme Akande, who midwifed the establishment of RATTAWU in APCON as Chairperson of the Interim Steering Committee, Alhaji Ahmed Yelwa who was eventually elected President of the APCON Chapter of the union, as well as other APCON staff members who were involved in the process of bringing RATTAWU to APCON.
The 2017 RATTAFEST which took place in Jos, Plateau State had delegations from Niger, Nasarawa, Benue and Kwara States as well as from FCT who competed for laurels in traditional dance, drama, radio and television presentations and documentaries, beauty pageant, among others. At the end of the week-long event, Plateau State contingent emerged the over-all winner.