Senate President, Sen. David Mark
BY JOHNBOSCO AGBAKWURU, Abuja
The Africa Golf Confederation (AGC) has conferred on the Senate President, Senator David Mark with the ‘Distinguished Service Award for Golf in Africa’ in appreciation to the Senate President’s efforts towards promoting the game of golf.
President of AGC, Ambassador Joe Malanji also named Senator Mark as the pillar of Golf in Africa at the closing ceremony of the President’s cup of the AGC tournament at the Nkana Golf Club in Kitwe, Zambia.
While conferring the award on the Senate President, Ambassador Malanji said that he (Mark) had in his personal capacity sponsored and mentored a large contingent of amateur golfers into the professional cadre.
According to him, “This is in addition to your other significant investments in golf such as sponsoring national and international tournaments and the establishment of the 18 hole international championship golf course, the Otukpo Golf and Country Club, which is open free to all users. This singular act is unprecedented in golfing history.”
In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Senate President, Paul Mumeh, Ambassador Malanji was quoted to have said that the AGC was particularly impressed with the International Academy built by Mark where young boys and girls are trained free of charge and provided with the golfing kits.
Receiving the award, Senator Mark who was represented by his Special Adviser on Sports and Youth Development, Dr. Peter Deshi expressed appreciation for the honour and promised to continue to promote the game.
Senator Mark was optimistic that with more emphasis on Sports where youths could be actively engaged, most of the societal vices plaguing the nations of the world would have been curtailed.
He said that the Nigerian government has embarked on deliberate policy to promote sports not just for competitions but also as a vehicle for promoting peace, unity and cohesion amongst the citizenry.