Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has promised that the state is in a position to produce the next golf super star that will look like Tiger Woods.
Akeredolu gave this assurance recently during a golf competition organized by ‘Friends of Aketi’ as part of event marking his second term in office.
The event tagged, ‘Aketi Second Term Inauguration Golf Tournament’, was held at the Smoking Hills and Resort, Ilaramokin, Ifedore Local Government Area of the state, with many political bigwigs, celebrities and 10 golf clubs across the federation attending the event
While speaking before flagging-off the tournament, Akeredolu said the Ilaramokin Golf Resort, which is owned by the Chairman of Elizade Group of Companies, Chief Micheal Ade-Ojo, will be of great importance to the state because sports will be a key factor in developing the state meaningfully and purposefully, especially for the interest of the younger generation, in his second term.
He explained how his administration has done a lot in terms of creating interesting infrastructural projects which has changed the architectural structure and economic development of the state but now other sectors like sport will now get more attention in this second term.
He said: “Let me reiterate the desire of this administration to ensure adequate repositioning of the Sports sector in the state to ensure proper and productive engagement of younger generation.
“This administration understands the importance of the youths as they are critical and vital to nation-building. I am more than determined to ensure that they are given all the necessary and much-needed platform to discover themselves and make themselves useful for the society.
“To be very clear and explicit, the Game of Golf is one of the fastest-growing games in the world. We are delighted to witness tremendous growth in Golf in Ondo State over the last few years. There are numerous economic benefits that come with the game and we are poised to leverage on this to boast the economic lot of the State.
“People focus on footballers alone whereas most other sports players are richer than footballers. Tiger Woods is worth $900 Million, Arnold Palmer is worth $700million, Greg Norman’s worth is $500miilion.
“The people of Sagamu in Ogun State are proud of Anthony Joshua even though he grew up in the United Kingdom but he is their son. By the grace of God, and with the support of all my friends who organized this event at no cost to the state government, Ondo State will produce a Tiger Wood very soon.”
The chairman of the Aketi 2021 Golf Tournament, Rear Admiral Sanmi Alade (Rtd) in his opening speech, stressed that the tournament wouldn’t have been held if not for the proactive approach of the Governor in fighting crimes in the state.
Alade described Akeredolu as a fearless and honest man saying he has optimal qualities which has made him a role model for the progressives
“Aketi has become a phenomenon. He’s fearless and honest. It’s a rare quality. He’s a rallying point for the progressives. He represents the hope of many Nigerians.
The captain of the Smoking Hills Golf course, Engr. Gboye Adegbenro also added that Governor Akeredolu is taking the development of the state to a greater height.
The Prominent Golf Clubs in Nigeria that were in attendance in the event includes: the IBB Golf Club, Abuja, Ibadan Golf Club, Ikeja Golf Club; Ikoyi Golf Club; Ilorin Golf Club and Ekiti Golf Club.
Also, Nibalola Golf Club, Ondo, Cross Creek Club, Akure and the host, Smoking Hills and Golf Resorts, Ilara-Mokin all based in Ondo were present.