… AS MADUMERE TEES-OFF GOLF TOURNEY IN IMO
Imo State government has reiterated its resolve to promote Golf as a sporting event for youth in the State.
Deputy governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere stated this while fielding questions from the newsmen shortly after performing the tee-off of first ever Four Clubs Caddies between the age of 12 and 25 organised by West African Golf Tour Academy at Arsenal Golf Course Obinze Owerri west, Imo State.
Prince Madumere described Golf as one of the sporting activities that has not been given the needed promotion In the State, promising on behalf of the governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha to bring back the past glory of the game.
“Golf is one of the sports that has not really been promoted, it needs to be showcased more in Imo State and Nigeria at large. Although we have Oguta golf course, Arsenal golf course and other wonderful places one can easily come down and play. Some people look the other way because of the wrong impression that golf is an elitist sports. I disagree. What I feel is the problem is because people do not get to see people who play golf around them like other sports. It takes one to influence another. I therefore urge golfers around others to also help to encourage youngsters by talking to them about golf.”
Speaking generally on sports development in the State, he said the State appreciates the importance of sports in relation to its role as a career line and taking kids off the street. He averred that the Government is doing a lot in sports development especially at the foundation level, which he described as strategic.
He reminded his came at a time when inter-House was dead. I took it up upon myself to confer with our Governor who ensured that it had to be re-entrenched into school curricular.
It will be recalled that, as a sports loving person, Prince Madumere organised the maiden edition of “Prince Eze Madumere athletic championship in field and track events last two years, which has its focus on the young athletes in both in primary and secondary schools. He said the reason was to arouse the interest of the students in sports emphasizing the need to “train the young.”
Prince Eze Madumere congratulated the organizers of the game and promising to confer with with the Governor of the State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha to support the golf project with hindsight of its value chain especially in tourism.
The Deputy Governor after tee-off was conducted round the Golf course by the captain Arsenal Country Golf Course Club, Mr. Emeka Ohaegbu who thanked Governor Okorocha who was ably represented by his Deputy, Prince Eze Madumere for gracing the occasion and for giving hope to the young golf players.
Speaking further the Captain and the chairman Imo State Golf Association, Mr Ohaegbu said the essence of the tournament is to develop golf game in the State.
Special assistant to the Deputy Governor on Media
1. Imo Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere being received by the Captain of Arsenal Country Golf Club and Chairman of Imo State Golf Association, Mr. Emeka Ihegbu.
2. Imo Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere in after swing while officially teeing-off Four Clubs Caddies Competition organised by West Africa Golf Academy holding at Arsenal Country Golf Course, Obinze, Owerri West LGA of Imo State
3. The Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere ready to take the official tee-off for the Four Clubs Caddies Competition organised by West Africa Golf Academy holding at Arsenal Country Golf Course, Obinze, Owerri West LGA of Imo State
4. Prince Eze Madumere, Deputy Governor of Imo State (second left) in a photo pose with the Captain of Arsenal Country Golf Club & Chairman of Imo State Golf Assocition, Mr. Emeka Ihegbu on Imo D.Gov immediate left, his Vice, Chief Clifford Orjiakor and the Captain of Oguta Golf Club, Engr. Algert Ariche.
5. Imo Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere in a chat with Mozez Praiz of Super Sports while the Vice Chairman of Arsenal Country Golf Club, Chief Clifford Orjiakor listens with keen interest during Four Clubs Caddies Competition organised by West Africa Golf Academy holding at Arsenal Country Golf Course, Obinze, Owerri West LGA of Imo State.
6. Imo Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere addressing the young Golfers participating in the on going Four Clubs Caddies Competition organised by West Africa Golf Academy holding at Arsenal Country Golf Course, Obinze, Owerri West LGA of Imo State.