Ikenna Aghaji, President of NIESV, at the President’s Open in Abuja
Ikenna Aghaji, President of the Nigerian Institution of Property Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV), Abuja Branch, said the NIESV Open golf tournament will raise awareness of the sport and the association.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that Aghaji made the remarks on Friday, in Abuja, on the sidelines of the launch ceremony of the President’s NIESV Abuja Golf Open.
The two-day tournament which started at the IBB International Golf and Country Club is set to end on Saturday with the awards ceremony for the overall champion as well as winners in different categories.
The president said the tournament, which was the first of its kind in Abuja, was part of his promotion and awareness campaign.
“This golf tournament is indeed the first of its kind organized by the Abuja branch and one of my strategies to rebrand and repackage our branch.
“It is also one of the ways in which we intend to conduct our promotional activities together.
“We realize that there are so many personalities involved in golf who don’t know much about real estate.
“Even the elite see appraisers and real estate appraisers as agents, but the truth is that we do so much more than that.
“So it’s an opportunity for the public to get to know who we are and what we do, while staying fit and enjoying golf together,” he said.
RL: Ikenna Aghaji, President of NIESV, Abuja Branch, Emma Wike, President of NIESV, Nsima Ekere, Former Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, and Chukwuemeka Ire-Okoli, Chairperson of NIESV Scholars Council at the start of the Golf Tournament.
Emma Wike, the president of NIESV, meanwhile said it was a privilege to be part of the tournament, adding that he too was vying for honours, while ensuring that the goal of the tournament was achieved.
“I am happy to be here in Abuja. I came from Port Harcourt yesterday (Thursday) and although I am the President I am also a golfer which means I am here to compete and win.
“This is the first time that one of our branches has organized a golf tournament of this magnitude, although at the national level we usually have our annual golf tournaments.
“But I commend the Abuja branch president, his former co and the members for going out of their way to organize this golf tournament.
“One of the things we want to accomplish is to educate the public about who a surveyor and appraiser really is.
“So we’re starting with golf and I’m sure there are other sporting activities that we’re going to. host in our various branches across the country to further convey our advocacy message,” he said.
Julius Fadero, IBB Golf Club competition secretary, noted that the two-day tournament would see no less than 170 amateur golfers compete for honors in an 18-hole stroke play format.
“The tournament promises to be very exciting and competitive as many players showed up in droves to compete for top honors in the various disability categories.
“Everyone is expected to play 18 holes each over a two-day period and the players with the lowest scores will come out on top in the different categories,” he said.
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