Lagos Archery inaugurates 25 new clubs, honours eminent personalities as patrons

L-R: Board Chairman, Lagos State Archery Association, ACP Bode Ojajuni,
and Prof. Tunde Makanju, Guest Speaker of the event on Saturday.

The Board of the Lagos State Archery Association on Saturday inaugurated 16 new, four existing clubs and five schools clubs as well as the investiture of new Patrons.

Board Chairman, Lagos State Archery Association, ACP Bode Ojajuni(Right)
 and his Vice, Mr. Mike Egbayelo
File Photo: Onepageafrica 
The event, under the chairmanship of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Bode Ojajuni, held at the Sports Bar of the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos.

The Body 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 education sector.

Speaking at 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.

The 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.

The existing clubs that were inaugurated included Lekki Archery Club, Zone 2 Police Archery Club, Fort Madariola Archery Club and Safari Hunters Archery Club.

The five 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.

The 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

“These are 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.

President of 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.

His words: “History 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.

“Archery has 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 president said.

He commended 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.

The Guest Lecturer, Prof. Tunde Makanju,  delivered the inaugural lecture, even as the association had a presentation of the Lagos State Archery Association’s Strategic Plan 2019-2023.