Former NNPC GMD Chairs IBB Golf Club Captain’s Inaugural Tourney

The chairman of the captain’s inaugural committee, IBB international Golf and Country Club Abuja and former Group Managing Director (GMD) Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Engineer Andrew Yakubu, has called on Nigerians to join the club.

According to Yakubu, the tournament that surrounded the inaugural tourney is open for all adding that it will foster peace, harmony, and National development.

The former NNPC Boss said the Lush green Course of the prestigious IBB international Golf and Country Club Abuja, will come alive once again with 500 Golfers participating in the captain’s inaugural tournament tagged: as ‘Harmony Tournament’.

Speaking at a press conference to herald the two-day tournament which is scheduled to commence on Friday July 15, 2022, Yakubu said the tournament which will officially usher in Mike Onoja Ekoja as the 25th captain of the prestigious golf club which will also witnessed over 500 golfers from across the country and beyond, will be an event to be remembered.

Yakubu, while briefing Journalists ahead of the event, said plans are on for a successful outing as a way of supporting the newly constituted leadership of the club.

Yakubu, a member of the prestigious club who had led Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) affirmed that the 18-hole tournament would also witness big social interactions between creme de la creme in the society.

Yakubu, who prides the IBB International Golf & Country Club as one of the best in the African continent, said a consortium of corporate organisations have been approached by the Committee for support.

According to him, the higher handicap players, men and ladies would play on Friday while the lower handicap players would storm the course Saturday, saying that every activity attracts a range of prizes for those who will perform well.

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He explained that the Captain Inaugural tournament was a tradition and a regular feature in the club, and the Captain this time, according to him, decided to include ‘Harmony’ as golfers from other clubs across the country.

“There are full expectations and the Captain has no option but to perform, and we all will give him the weight he deserves, and we will do the best we can to support him to succeed.

“IBB international Golf and Country Club was established in 1991 as a unity center through recreation and it was essentially the uniting ground of the teeming and rising population of the capital city, Abuja.

“We have membership of over 5,000 with another sizable number of non-active members. That places us as one of the largest golf clubs in the country and also premium status among golf courses in Nigeria.

“The captain has captioned his inaugural tournament as ‘Harmony Tournament’ to kick start his activities. Though he has been very active since May, this is a ceremonial aspect of kick starting his tenure, and as well-wishers and patriotic members of the club we came together to drive the programme and ensure it come into fruition.

“For this programme, we have two major event days, which are Friday and Saturday. On Friday, high handicap men and women will play while the lower handicappers who are experienced golfers will swing on the course.”

The new captain of the club, Mike Onoja Ekoja, assured the participants of a good time, saying that the IBB International Golf and Country Club as one of the prestigious golf clubs in Africa and has membership cut across the sections of the society is known for its tourist destination.

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A professional golfer, Kingsley Oparaku, who debunked the naked insinuation that golf was just a game of the rich said as one who started playing at the age of four, he grew through the ranks to become a known professional across the globe.

Oparaku advised the youth to delve into golf play irrespective of societal status or leaning, adding, “I’m an example. I wasn’t rich when I started. Members of the club helped me so much, and today I have played in the USA, Portugal, UK, and many other countries.”

Former NNPC GMD, Engr Andrew Yakubu

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