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New Lafia Golf Club management calls for greater attention from state govt



From Abel Leonard, Lafia

In a bid to elevate golf to a prominent status within the state, Architect John Mlanga, the newly elected Captain of Lafia Golf Club, has urged the Nasarawa State government to accord the sport of golf the same level of attention as other sports.

Mlanga highlighted the potential of golf in attracting both national and international investments through tourism, aligning with the state’s vision of diversification and becoming an industrial hub.

During his acceptance speech after being elected alongside nine other executives at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday, Architect Mlanga pledged to collaborate closely with the Ministry of Youth and Sport to revitalize golf in the state. He emphasized that the golf club’s master plan originally included a three-star hotel, which could significantly boost tourism and revenue generation.

Mlanga stated, “I shall deploy my experience to rescue Lafia Golf Club and place it on par with other prestigious golf clubs by developing its human capital and tourism potential, ensuring that the golf course remains playable throughout the year.”

Regarding membership growth, Mlanga expressed satisfaction with the turnout of members at the AGM and election. He noted that while the club had over seventy members, around forty were actively engaged in golfing. He pledged to encourage non-active members to participate fully and actively recruit new members, highlighting the myriad benefits of golf, from health to business opportunities.

Drawing from his experience as a member of various golf clubs across the country and his previous role as Vice Captain at IBB Golf and Country Club, Mlanga expressed his commitment to effectively managing Lafia Golf Club, considering the unique nature of Lafia. He applauded the efforts of former Captain Chief Austin Okyuwa in sustaining the club over the past two decades.

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Mlanga outlined his vision for Lafia Golf Club, which includes building relationships, showcasing the club globally, rehabilitating assets, ensuring resource accountability, and strengthening the Ladies section to enhance vibrancy and maximize tourist attractions through synergy with other clubs.

In response, outgoing Captain Austin Okyuwa thanked the club members for their unwavering support during his tenure. He urged them to continue their support for his successor and advised the new Captain to be inclusive, regardless of members’ backgrounds and affiliations.

Okyuwa also reminded the Nasarawa State government of their commitments, including making the golf course green, implementing erosion control measures, and putting the clubhouse to use.

Daily Sun gathered that the new executives include:

Captain, Arc John Mlanga; Vice Captain, Mr Akin Ogidi; Secretary, Bar AU Idris; Competition Secretary, Rev Fr Ngbea Gabriel; Social Secretary, Peter Danfur; Maintenance Officer, Dr John Ogwuche.

Others are Bar secretary, Dorcas Male; Treasurer: Hajia Maryam Addra; Financial Secretary, Bishop Moses; PRO, Edwin Philip; Caddy Officer, waiting.

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