Segun Awofadeji in Gombe
Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo in collaboration with AshakaCem Plc, last Monday tee-off the first edition of the Talba Open Golf Tournament at the Gogilla Valley Golf Course, Ashaka, Gombe State.
Represented at the ceremony by the stateâ€™s Deputy Governor, Mr. Charles Iliya, Dankwambo assured all his administrationâ€™s continued support for sporting activities in the state.Â
“Today’s occasion is therefore a deliberate effort by Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo to promote the game of golf which has been misconceived by many as a sport for the elites and the rich,” he said.
The governor urged the participating golfers in the tournament to exhibit the spirit of sportsmanship and fair play throughout the event.
Â Chairman of Gombe State Sports Commission, Alhaji Bello Suleiman, called on the youth to key into the game of golf as government and individuals have promised to support them in the game.
“Golf has become a popular sport all over the globe. Players of all ages, walks of life, social standard and geographic locations find solace in the game of golf. It has direct benefit on individualsâ€™ health, job creation, social benefits and economic advantage,” he said.
In his remarks, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Ashaka Cement Plc, Mallam Rabiu Umar, congratulated Dankwambo for introducing the tournament as a means of bringing together dignitaries from all walks of life across the country for relaxation.Â
He expressed the companyâ€™s readiness to continue to partner Gombe State government towards encouraging the game of golf and other sports for healthy living.