Former Akwa Ibom State Governor, Obong Victor Attah was not a golfer per seÂ but his love for the game and architecture saw him replicate a structure he saw in one of his foreign trips in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state capital.
The idea was great-a five star hotel overseeing a 18 holes golf facility with international flavour. Few years down the line, Governor Attah made his dream a reality as he built a resort onlyÂ comparable to some of the best in the African continent.
The golf course was fantastic, the design-out of this world and a hotel with a Le Meridien touch. The commissioning was equally grandiose as South African professional golfer Retief Goosen, Colin Montgomerie and Nancy Lopez flew across the Atlantic to add colour to the event. While Attah was in office, there was a plan to ensure that the facility never lacked a tournament, which was intended to drive the flow of eminent golf personalities and other Nigerians to Uyo.
The dream was huge and the expectations were high. Suddenly, IBB Golf and Country Club, arguably the best golf club in the country, for once panicked on the arrival of Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort.
The Uyo edifice had something IBB lacked. A five star hotel embedded within the golf course. There were talks of golf tournaments heading towards Uyo and few did actually hold. But as you read this, the beautiful edifice is idle.
The government of Governor Godswill Akpabio has done very little to actualize the dream of his predecessor. On assumption of office, Akpabio did promise to do all in his power to sponsor big time golf tournaments in Uyo and equally convince corporate bodies to do same. Rather than have mega tournaments, there has been a drought of golf events. Last year, a planned mega golf event was postponed and as we speak, it is not certain when any golf event is likely to hold at the resort.