By Usukuma Ntia
A top University in Northern Nigeria, The Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria on Saturday opened new frontiers in sports tourism as it began the construction of its N250m Lakeview Golf Course on the campus.
In his speech at the groundbreaking ceremony, which was held in the main campus in Samaru, the Chancellor of the institution, Obi of Onitsha, Nnaemeka Ugochukwu-Achebe, said sports tourism has become big business that could generate massive revenue for organisations such as the ABU.
While describing sports as a big factor for national cohesion, Ugochukwu-Achebe said: “Golf is the premier of all sports which can be played from childhood to the end of one’s life. Golf is inexpensive, it is a gentleman’s game which is played without personal contact and it is civilised and non-damaging.The motivation in Golf, is that if you don’t do well today, you can come back tomorrow to improve on it,” he stresed.
Speaking at the occasion, the Pro-Chancellor, AVM Tukur Sa’ad (Rtd) described Golf as a challenging game that does not restrict based on age, race or status. He encouraged both staff and students of the university to register with the new golf club to broaden their horizon. He assured that by the time the project was accomplished, it would be one of the best in Nigeria.
The Emir of Dutse, Alhaji Muhammadu Nuhu-Sanusi, a veteran golfer, also observed that ABU was blessed to be one of the first universities in Nigeria to own a golf course. “There are lots of opportunities for students to become professional golfers, I will pay personal attention to the actualisation of this golf course,” he promised.
Earlier, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ibrahim Garba, said lack of knowledge about the game has hindered its rapid acceptance by people. He said the university was interested in promoting the game considering the fact that it was for all classes and categories of people.