The IBB International Golf and Country Club have solicited the support of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) to make the upcoming 61st Independence Day Golf Tournament a success.
Members of the club’s tournament planning committee made the plea during a courtesy visit to the Director General, of the NCAC, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, in Abuja.
In his address, the head of the delegation, Mike Ikoja, said that their visit, as members of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the tournament, was to show gratitude to Otunba Runsewe for his selfless contributions to the development of golf as evidenced in the IBB Golf and Country Club, and to seek NCAC’s support for the 61st Independence Golf Tournament scheduled for September 24 to October 1, 2021, at the IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja.
According to Ikoja, the IBB International Golf and Country Club is the most prestigious Golf Club in the country with a diverse membership of over 5000 drawn from government agencies, captains of industries, senior diplomats and high net-worth individuals.
Ikoja, who is the Vice Captain of the Club, maintained that over the years, the club had provided a platform for Nigerians and foreigners, particularly those in the public and private sector, the opportunity to recreate and network, while leveraging on the huge national and international brand values to enhance their businesses and goodwill.
” The Independent Golf Tournament is the biggest event in the Club’s calendar in commemoration of Nigeria’s Independence Anniversary and the highlight of the event will be an international match between IBB Golf Club and golf clubs from some African Countries,” he added.
The Vice Captain, however, solicited the full support of the NCAC in making this year’s tournament meet the expectations of the golfing family.
In his response, the Director General of the National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe thanked the delegation for the honor in recognizing his contributions to the development of the game of golf.
Runsewe said that golf, as a unifying game, always provides a veritable platform for people from all spheres of the society to share ideas. The Director General revealed that he was working on some cultural brands which he hopes to showcase during the tournament.
“Golf and Culture are closely knitted and NCAC hopes to use the platform provided by the tournament to showcase some of them,” the NCAC Director General posited.
Runsewe, who doubles as the President, World Crafts Council, African Region, pledged to dedicate the next edition of the Magazine on Golf, published by him, to the tournament and it would be distributed free of charge.
The Director General also promised that the NCAC Cultural Troupe will feature prominently throughout the tournament to entertain guests. The Council will also showcase its collections in culturally embellished stand during the tournament while the Executive members of the Club, as well as members of the planning committee, will be provided with cultural golf attires.