Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, has called on individuals and corporate bodies to assist in developing the game of golf through funding, saying it will enable players to compete with their counterparts overseas.
Speaking recently in Lagos, Jonathan, who was represented by an ex-military administrator of Bayelsa State, Col. Paul Obi (rtd), at a fundraising gala night and investiture organised by the Professional Golfers Association of Nigeria (PGA) to honour Jonathan as its grand patron, saying that the success of professional golf in Nigeria depends on PGA putting modalities in place to fashion out programmes that would expose them to international events.
While highlighting the importance of sports in nation-building, Jonathan charged Nigerian golfers to aspire to win more international laurels so as to make the country one of the hubs of the game of gulf. He said the country stands to gain economically if the feat is achieved.
“Nigeria has enough talents in golf that, if well funded, can compete with international golfers. Golf, over the years, has assisted in creating friendships among people, and also, improved the health values of every player taking part in it,” he said.
Executive Director of PGA, Tony Philmoore, stated that the fund-raising was organised to ensure that professional golfers in Nigeria get enough funds to sponsor the players for international meets.
“PGA, over the years, has been faced with a paucity of funds to assist players to compete in international tours across the world. Getting enough funds will not only give our players the opportunity to take part in different tours across the world but also improve their rankings.”
Over N10 million was raised at the event, which was attended by the Elegushi of Ikate, Oba Saheed Ademola, among other dignitaries.