CBN restates commitment to golf development in Nigeria


Tunde-Lemo-CBNThe Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Wednesday in Abuja restated its commitment to the development of golf in the country as part of its corporate social responsibility to Nigerians.

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Mr Ugo Okoroafor, the Director, CBN’s Corporate Communications Department, gave the commitment at a news conference on the forthcoming seventh edition of CBN Governor’s Golf Cup.

Okoroafor, who was represented by the bank’s Head of Internal Communications, Mrs. Odessa Ogunmola, recalled CBN’s contributions to sports in Nigeria.

“CBN has over the years made remarkable contributions to the development of different sporting activities in Nigeria.

“I wish to use this medium to reiterate that the CBN is committed to making positive contributions towards the development of the game of golf, in line with the bank’s corporate social responsibility.

“I want to re-affirm that the sponsorship of the CBN Governor’s Golf Cup tournament has therefore come to stay,’’ he said.

The director said the tournament was scheduled to hold between Nov. 23 and Nov. 24 and would feature only amateur golfers.

He said about 180 golfers from the IBB Golf and Country Club were expected to participate in the tournament, saying the event is a closed competition.

“The objective of this event is to develop the game and provide a conducive atmosphere for recreational activities.’’

Okoroafor also said the annual tournament creates a platform for interaction, with a view to establishing a spirit of friendship, consolidate network partnerships and explore potential business possibilities.

He said the high standard of professionalism exhibited by golfers had helped to make participation competitive and appealing, stating that trophies would be given in various divisions and handicaps.

The CBN official said adequate arrangements had been made to ensure that this year’s event was memorable for all amateur golfers.

“It is my pleasure to announce that we have made adequate arrangements to ensure that this year’s tournament will be a memorable one, and the ambience will be strikingly upbeat and lively,” he said.

Earlier, Mr Depo Adeteju, Captain of the IBB Golf and Country Club, had commended CBN for its yearly support for the game, saying “it is commendable”.

He said the Governor’s Cup tournament was one of the biggest events on the club’s calendar, and would help members in socialising and promoting healthy living among golfers.

“This competition has become a yearly ritual and is one of the biggest on our club calendar, which all members of the club eagerly look forward to.

“So we are happy and I want to express my gratitude to all members of the club and CBN for making this happen this year.

“You (CBN) may not know it, but when you support sporting events, which can be either golf or any other sport, what you are doing is very difficult to quantify.

“The gains are in terms of promoting good health and promoting the economics of the country, because health is wealth,” the club captain said.(NAN)

Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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