Former Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice Daisy Okocha, has urged parents to encourage their children to play golf, saying that the game will help mould their character because golf is a game of self discipline.
She stated that golf is the only game that would make you think rationally, following its playing pattern, as it is calculative in nature.
Justice Okocha made the remarks last Wednesday, after she took the ceremonial tee off at the Open Golf Schools Championship organised by OlympAfrica in conjunction with Port Harcourt Club 1928, Golf Section.
According to her, the best way to develop golf in Nigeria is to catch them young, groom and nurture them to become international golfers.
“I can’t develop golf alone, but the best way is
that parents should encourage their children to play golf and to have corporate sponsors.
It is the only game that can help to mould character of children, because it is calculative, make people think rationally and also make you to have self discipline” Okocha said.
Justice Okocha, who was former lady captain of the section revealed that Rivers State was the first state to introduce golf in Nigeria, saying that the then military governor of the state, HRM Alfred Diete-Spiff sponsored people to abroad to learn how to play golf and they came back to train others.
“I don’t think that golf is only for the rich people, everybody can play it. You can borrow kits and play at the beginning, even some people borrow kits to played competitions” she stated.
Speaking the representative of Uniport , Professor, Matthew Megwu , informed the students that the school have functional sports institute and advised them to take Uniport as their first choice in their Jamb examination.
“To my younger one’s I want you to be well educated, because without that becoming Tiger Woods is just nothing. We want those who can write their name and also sign their signature in sports environment. We are ready to admit any student that performed excellently” Professor Megwu said.
Also speaking the Director of OlympAfrica, Dr. Chukwuma Agi, said OlympAfrica is an international Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that has its head quarters in Senegal, that is poised to develop and promote sports from the grassroots.
He expressed satisfaction with the university of Port Harcourt management and Port Harcourt Club 1928, for their support. Dr Agi further appreciates her Lordship Justice Daisy Okocha, Dr, Sam Dede, Professor Matthew Megwu for their special appearance and all those that made the championship a huge success.