The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Rt. Hon. Comr. Philip Shaibu, at the weekend in Benin City, teed-off the Governor’s Cup Golf Tournament, which is part of activities lined up for the annual Alaghodaro Summit.
The annual summit, to mark the governor’s anniversary in office, showcases investment opportunities in the state and the numerous achievements, reforms and initiatives by the administration to improve the living standard of the people.
According to him, “You will note that every Alaghodaro Summit we invite a lot of guests from outside the state and keep them over the weekend so that they can have some Edo experience.
“Golf is a very sociable sport. Some of our guests play golf and even those that don’t play golf, stay around, spend the weekend and unwind after a very tough summit.
“As you can see, golf is one of the sports that is closely followed globally. With the notable achievements of Tiger Woods, it became popular with African Americans and Africans and there is quite a lot of sponsorship and support.”
Obaseki noted, “Golf is very environmentally friendly; it allows you green spaces to walk and exercise; it’s a sport that is globally recognized and played; we just want to popularise it in Nigeria.
“Don’t forget, Edo is like a home of golf; one of the golf courses here was built when the British occupied here.”
On his part, Chairman, Alaghodaro Economic Summit LTD/GTE and Chairman, Sterling Bank, Dr. Asue Ighodalo said this year’s summit was to launch the 30-year development plan, which would see Edo become the Singapore of Nigeria.
He noted that when followed to the latter, the plan would help Edo become strong as a sub-national.