Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola believes that sports has the potential to provide means of livelihood for the youths of the state, as well as help build its tourism industry.
Expressing his administration’s commitment to develop tourism using sports, Oyetola also promised to harness the potential in the sector to the good of his people.
Speaking during the ‘Inaugural Victory Golf Kitty’ organised in his honour and that of Deputy Governor, Benedict Alabi, at the MicCom Golf and Country Club in Ada, Oyetola described tourism and sports as lucrative sectors, adding that his administration would spare no effort to reinvigorate the sectors for the benefit of the state and her citizens.
Oyetola said the initiative would complement investment drive of his administration and to stimulate the economy through job creation and wealth generation.
Noting that the initiative would be tailored towards improving the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), Oyetola encouraged youths on the need to take maximum advantage of the opportunities his administration would create to make life worthwhile for all.
He commended the organisers of the event for using their resources to boost sporting activities, particularly golf in the state.
“As you all know, tourism is one of the area encouraged by governments all over the world and sport tourism is one of it.
“That is why in the state of Osun, we encourage soft tourism through sports, especially at Ada Golf Club, the club that produced the best golfer in Nigeria today, Mr. Sunday Olapade from here in Ada.
“Golf, I am aware is a game of gentlemen and women all over the world. It is a game you don’t need to be an expert to start but once you begins to understand the basics of wings, rules and etiquettes, you begin to enjoy the game and get passionate about it,” he added.
Dignitaries including Aragbiji of Iragbiji, Oba AbduRashed Olabomi, the founder of MicCom Golf Club in Ada, Prince Tunde Ponle, and Captain of MicCom Golf Club, Alhaji Akeem Afolabi, among others, attended the event.