THE Lagos State Government has commended the management of Oceanic Bank International Plc for sponsoring the Oceanic Lagos State Under-18 Tennis Classic Competition which it said has paved the way for young Nigerians to aspire to greater heights in the world of Tennis.
The tennis tourney, which came to a spectacular end at the ultramodern Teslim Balogun Stadium at the weekend, was a corporate social responsibility initiative of Oceanic Bank International Plc which seeks to promote the game and empower Nigerian youths to aspire to excel at the highest level of the game, including the Wimbledon, French and US Open competitions, among others.
The Bankâ€™s management said Oceanic has a rich pedigree of sponsoring and supporting events that add value to Nigeriaâ€™s quest for human capacity development and economic prosperity.
â€œFor us at Oceanic Bank, we see youth empowerment as a critical factor in developing the nationâ€™s manpower and economy. We are committed to replicating the success we have recorded in the area of supporting youth football to Tennis and thus ensure that we produce stars that will bring Nigeria laurels in Tennis at a global level,â€ said John Aboh, GMD/CEO, Oceanic Bank International Plc.
Akin Adesokan, chairman, Lagos Tennis Association said the tourney was a â€œdream come trueâ€ in the Lagos State Tennis Associationâ€™s quest to position Nigeria for greatness in line with global best practice in the game of Tennis.
â€œWe remember with nostalgia that Lagos, nay Nigeria, used to be listed in the world tennis map. Numerous international players like Nduka Odizor were listed in the world rankings. Lord Rumens Classic sponsored annually by Chief Ajitomo Alabi of blessed memory attracted international players into the country. Lagos state is understandably leading the vanguard of taking the nation back to its rightful place,â€ he said.
Commending Oceanic Bank for sponsoring the event, Adesokan urged other corporate bodies to partner with the Lagos State Government in its continuing quest to transform the state.
â€œIn fact, words cannot convey our debt of gratitude to Oceanic Bank and hope that it will accept to sponsor this event annually, thus leaving a legacy for all to see. Oceanic Bank Plc has indeed set the standard for this Under-18 Tennis Competition and with their continued backing, Nigeria without doubt can be in the world tennis tournament circuit with an annual Eko ATP Open Tournamentâ€ he added.