The Bayelsa State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, has said that the PGA standard golf course built by Governor Henry Seriake Dickson is one of the star achievements of the Restoration Government.
Iworiso-Markson told newsmen on the sidelines of the ongoing International Open Golf tournament in honour of the governor in Yenagoa.
He said the golf course built inside the New Yenagoa City has continued to attract global attention because of the world class nature and the facilities there.
According to him, aside sports, the golf course will drive the tourism potentials of the state, increase its internal revenue and further enhance the status of Bayelsa as an elite society.
Iworiso-Markson added that with other projects like the Bayelsa International Airport, Governor Dickson has prepared the state for social and economic prosperity.
While expressing gratitude to the governor for his foresight in building the golf course and for placing Bayelsa on the speed lane of development, he called on all lovers of golf to take advantage of the newly built golf course to horn their skills and enjoy the elite sport.
He said : “It is a thing of joy that such an epochal event is taking place in Bayelsa State and in the heart of the New Yenagoa City which is a brainchild of Governor Dickson.
“I applaud the foresight of the Governor in building the golf course which has boosted sports development and enhanced the tourism potential of the state, placing the state on the path of becoming a foremost tourist destination for people all over the world.
“The championship is another opportunity to celebrate the grand achievements of Governor Dickson that have brought enormous development to the state and his legacy that will endure and be appreciated by generations to come.”
Over 28 professional golfers drawn from five African countries: Zimbabwe, Gabon, Ghana, Cameroon and Nigeria on Friday began the battle for laurels in the long awaited International Open Golf tournament.
Of the number, 24 are local professionals drawn from 13 states of the federation namely Bayelsa, Rivers, Edo, Enugu, Delta, Cross River, Kogi, Niger, Abuja, Lagos, Osun and Abia.
The two days tournament is expected to come to a close on Saturday (tomorrow) with the official commissioning of the golf course by Governor Dickson and presentation of cups to the various champions.
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