Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Ondo set to produce next Tiger Wood, Akeredolu assures

 Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has assured that the state is poised to produce the next world golf champion in the mold of Tiger Woods.

The Nation

He made this declaration recently during a golf tournament organised by ‘Friends of Aketi’ as part of event marking his second term in office.

Tagged: ‘Aketi Second Term Inauguration Golf Tournament’, held at the Smoking Hills and Resort, Ilaramokin, Ifedore Local Government Area of the state, with many bigwigs and 10 golf clubs across the federation in attendance.

Speaking while teeing off at the flag-off of the tournament, Akeredolu said the Ilaramokin Golf Resort, owned by the Chairman of Elizade Group of Companies, Chief Micheal Ade-Ojo, is of great importance to the state because sports will be meaningfully and purposefully used to develop the state, especially the younger generation, in his second term.

He explained that his administration has achieved a lot in terms of creating landmark infrastructural projects which has changed the architectural landscape and economic development of the State but now other sectors such as sport will get more attention.

“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 organised this event at no cost to the state government, Ondo State will produce a Tiger Wood very soon,” he stressed.

In his opening remarks, the chairman of the Aketi 2021 Golf Tournament, Rear Admiral Sanmi Alade (Rtd) stated that the tournament wouldn’t have been held but for the proactive approach of the Governor in fighting Crimes in the state.

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