After 76 years of existence, the Benin Golf Club should be ready to collaborate with the private sector, Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki said during a visit by the new executives of the Club to Government House, Benin City.
The governor, who congratulated the new executives, said collaboration with the organized private sector and other stakeholders would further strengthen and sustain the club, even as he said that more work needed to be done to make the club remain relevant among its peers in Nigeria.
”I want to thank the Captain and the members of the executive of the Benin Golf Club section for the visit and also congratulate them for the election that went smoothly as expected from them.
“Golf is a global game that is not for the elite alone, as a lot more people now understand the benefits of the game. It tests ones’ patience, character, and concentration beyond the physical exercise that one receives from playing the game.
“Edo is regarded as a home of golf in Nigeria despite other golf clubs trying to establish themselves as the first golf club in Nigeria. Edo is special and we know that the British troop that invaded the Benin Empire stayed back and developed the golf section about 76 years ago.
“This is an inheritance that must be treasured and as a government, we are focusing and emphasizing the cleaning and greening of the golf section. We will be working with you in planting trees as many of the trees planted have fallen. So we need to address that.
“I urge you to encourage a lot of private sector participation in the activities of the club. I also urge you to work on getting sponsorship as the club has not done enough to attract sponsors to support the activities of the club. It’s a sustainable way to keep the activities of the club.”
The Captain of the Benin Golf Club Section 2022, Ikponmwosa Osayande said Edo State is the only state that has the governor, deputy governor and Secretary to the State Government as golfers, noting that it is a privileged position for the club to achieve this feat.
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