‘First Kogi course will boost economic activities’
The proposed golf course at the Kogi State University, Anyigba, will serve as a catalyst to serious economic activities in the state and also create wealth for the people, the chairman of Kogi State Golfers Association, Emmanuel Adejoh Bako, has disclosed.
Speaking in Lokoja while unveiling the N200 million appeal fund for the project, Bako explained that the golf course would generate employment for the citizenry, as well as other economic benefits.
Bako, who revealed that a training range has already been constructed at the university for would be golfers, called on Kogi indigenes to disregard the erroneous belief that the game of golf is for the rich and the elites alone. “I am from a humble background and I play golf. It is erroneous to think or believe that the game is for the rich or the elites… that is totally wrong.
Anyone can play it as long as the interest and the zeal are there. “I do not think that the game would have been included in the Olympic Games if it was an exclusive of the rich.
That is why I am calling on all Kogi people to disregard that and show interest in the game,” he said. Being the first golf course in the state, Bako said the hospitality industry has a lot to benefit from it, adding that no fewer than five persons have already been engaged in the ongoing construction of the golf course.
Other benefit of the project, according to Bako, is transfer of technology, as the local people would be directly involved in the project. Disclosing that the golf course, like any other one across the world, would be self financing through fees and members registration, the chairman stressed that the estimated cost of N200 million will be deployed for clearing and site preparation of the 350 square metres of land, construction of tee boxes, fairways and surroundings.
Other areas that will gulp the money include construction of greens, construction and installation of fittings for the club house and a dedicated bore hole and a water treatment plant, among others, he said.