By Tongnaan Dada Bawa,Jos
Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong has described the attendance in this year’s golf tournament as high due to the successes of previous tournaments which brought in new talents and also enhanced the game in the State.
Governor Lalong who took the tee-off alongside his Edo counterpart Governor Godwin Obaseki as well as other dignitaries, said the tournament has continued to grow in size and attracting more golfers from within and outside the country, thereby putting the State on the international golfing map.
Governor and his Edo State counterpart Godwin Obaseki as well as the President, Court of Appeal Hon. Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem are among hundreds of professional and amateur golfers participating in the Plateau Governor’s Golf Tournament at the Lamingo Golf Course in Jos on Saturday.
He welcomed his colleague from Edo State describing his presence as another sign of solidarity and collaboration between the two States in areas including sports, arts and culture and economic development.
In his remark, Governor Godwin Obaseki said the tournament is another evidence of the good work that Governor Lalong has put in over the years in building peace and stability in Plateau State thereby restoring it to its place as the Home of Peace and Tourism.
He said though the nation continues to face challenges with insecurity in some areas, such isolated developments should not make the citizens to panic and paint a picture that gives the criminals the boldness to assume that they are in charge or that there is no hope.
Obaseki said the efforts of Governor Simon Bako Lalong in the past six years are very productive because they have proven that any level of crises and instability can be neutralised through the cooperation of all citizens.
Captain ot the Lamingo Golf Club and Special Adviser to Governor Lalong on Legislature Hon. Joe Bukar said the Tournament has continued to showcase more talents and attract some of the best golfers in the country who are eager to savour the beauty, hospitality and serenity of the Jos Plateau which is second to none in Nigeria.
He said the golfers have already been competing in various categories leading to the grand finale tomorrow where prizes will be awarded to the winners.