|L-R: Board Chairman, Lagos State Archery Association, ACP Bode Ojajuni,
and Prof. Tunde Makanju, Guest Speaker of the event on Saturday.
the Lagos State Archery Association on Saturday inaugurated 16 new, four
existing clubs and five schools clubs as well as the investiture of new
|Board Chairman, Lagos State Archery Association, ACP Bode Ojajuni(Right)
and his Vice, Mr. Mike Egbayelo
File Photo: Onepageafrica
under the chairmanship of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Bode Ojajuni,
held at the Sports Bar of the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos.
also unveiled a number of programmes aimed at popularising the sport in the
state, and to also further take the game to the grassroots including the
the event, which has as its theme
“Archery: Connecting the Triangle of Sports Development, Youth Development and
Sports Tourism” ACP Ojajuni said that the inauguration of the Board on 5th
December, 2018 set the pace for the development
and promotion of the Olympic sport in Lagos.
inaugurated clubs are Apapa Executive 1 & 2, Apapa Progressives Archery
Club, Ikorodu 1 & 2, CNI. Magazine Archery Club, Badagry Archery Club, Ojo
Archery Club, FESTAC Archery Club, FESTAC Executive Archery Club, UNILAG Archery Club, Surulere
Archery Club, Cardoso Archery Club, MBA Archery Club, Orege Archery Club and
Olodi Apapa Archery Club.
clubs that were inaugurated included Lekki Archery Club, Zone 2 Police Archery
Club, Fort Madariola Archery Club and Safari Hunters Archery Club.
schools archery clubs inaugurated included West Mills College Archery Club,
Padema Schools Archery Club, Pinefield Schools Archery Club, Yeolan Schools
Archery Clubs and Enfield College Archery Club.
personalities honoured as Patrons of the association included Chairman of All
Progressive Congress (APC) in Lagos, Alhaji Tunde Balogun, House of
Representative member, Hon. Egberongbe Mufutau, representing Apapa Federal Constituency,
Hon. Ademorin Kuye, representing Somolu Federal Constituency, business mogul,
Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Chairman Sifax Group of Companies, broadcaster Mrs. Funke
Oga, Hon. Hazeez Babajide Akintoye, Dr. Amy Jadesimi, Mr. Wole Madariola, Chief
Igho Dafinone and Sir Henry Muogho
distinguished and carefully selected patrons, awardees who are seasoned
professionals and accomplished business men and women, politicians and captains
of industry who have been selected on merit to come and contribute their quota
in developing this sport in our dear state,” ACP Ojajuni said.
Nigeria Archery Federation, the national body of the sport in the country,
Mohammed Baba Abdullahi, who spoke through the media officer of the federation,
Mr. Patrick Ibeh, lauded the Lagos State Archery Association for being the
pacesetter of the development and popularisation of the sport in the country.
of archery sport in Nigeria will not be completed without the mention of Lagos
where it all began from the cradle, little wonder as Lagos State has achieved
this milestone of fast development. This
occasion gladdens our heart as a family and it is a challenge for other states
that are already practising the sport as a discipline.
state chapters in FCT Abuja, Niger, Plateau, Benue, Kogi, Ogun, Oyo, Imo,
Zamfara, Kwara and Nasarawa States, apart from institutional establishment
associations and clubs such as the Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Police
and Civil Defence) Fire Brigade, Immigration, Prisons and Road Safety,” the
the Lagos State Sports Commission under its chairman, Dr. Kweku Tandoh, who
made it possible to give archery sport the well-deserved status and attention.
Makanju, delivered the inaugural lecture, even as the association had a
presentation of the Lagos State Archery Association’s Strategic Plan 2019-2023.