By KATE OBODO
A new sixteen-man board of the Nigeria Golf Federation, NGF was during the week in Lagos unveiled at the Ikoyi Club 1938 by Otunba Olusola Adekanola, Chairman of the Consolidated Management Consultants Limited.
The board members who were introduced to the Nigerian press at the golf section of the club include Chief Sam Iredia, the Federation’s President, Otunba Olusola Adekanola, 1st Vice President, Alh. (Dr.) Mohammed Indimi, 2nd Vice President, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Gen. C.K. Emein (rtd), Sir Lucky Omoluwa, Brig. Gen. Musa Sheu (rtd), Dr. Gaius Obaseki, Sir. Yomi Williams, Legal, Mr. Frank Igbene, Rules, Mr. Dominic Andrew, Rules, Mrs. Farida Wada, Youth Development, Ms. Emen Ekong, Youth Development, Mr. Pius Anakali, Media, Tony Nkeze, Secretariat and Remi Olukoya, the board’s coordinator.
Speaking further at the media unveiling, Adekanola said the dream of the federation is to create awareness and attract support from corporate organisations and individuals in the interest of the game.
While urging Nigerians to join in the celebration of the new dawn in golf, he disclosed that that the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation,NTDC, has also shown its readiness to support the federation in realising its dreams.
Top on the card of the NGF programme, Adekanola explained, is the creating of awareness of the game at the primary and secondary school levels, construction of driving ranges and building of golf academies in the six geo-political zones of the country.
President of the federation, Sam Iredia who also spoke at the unveiling reeled out some other areas that the board will focus on.
The high point of Iredia’s speech was on the readiness of the board to revive the Nigeria Open, attract famous golfers like Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Rory McIlroy to Nigeria, saying bringing such will encourage men and women to take to the game while also attracting corporate support.
The federation’s flagship tournament, the President Cup, Iredia said, will be made much bigger while plans to host the maiden Governor’s cup is also in the pipeline..