Lawyers gathered in Ondo State to witness the induction of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu as a member of the Smokin Hills Golf Resorts, Ilara Mokin.
The governor was inducted by the founder, Elizade University, Ilara- Mokin, Ondo State, Chief Michael Adeojo.
Akeredolu was inducted along with his deputy, Agboola Ajayi.
The event attracted many lawyers, many of whom are golfers, from different parts of the country.
They include Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong and Bauchi State counterpart, Mohammed A. Abubakar, both lawyers; a former captain of the IBB Golf Club Abuja, Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama (SAN), former Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) president Prince Lanke Odogiyan, former NBA Legal Adviser NBA Mrs Lindan Rose Bala, Mr. Dapo Otunla, Mr. Tunde Afolabi, D. Musa, Grace Lukas, Tina Micheal, Shade Obawunmi, Mr. Marc Enamhe, among others.
As part of their induction rights, their spouses will also enjoy the same status with them at the resort, which is reputed to be Africa’s biggest golf course.
Speaking at the event, which held at the weekend, Adeojo, who founded the golf course, said: “ Today is one of my happiest days. For the brand new governor and his deputy to pay a courtesy call on this resort outside the capital city of Ondo State is very significant. For this resort to be recognised by His Excellency is a great joy for me.”
Adeojo recalled the journey that to the setting up of the golf course.
“I started Elizade Nigeria Limited 46 years ago on August 1, 1971. I started the company by selling cars and taking commission on the sales. In one week, I sold 40 cars and the commission I got from the sales was far more than my annual salary so I pulled out from B. P Nigeria Limited where I was working and started the car outfit.
“It has helped me to put this town on the map of the world through the establishment of Elizade University and this golf course where His Excellency has just come to grace. I thank God because when I look back and see what God has done through me, I get surprised, this is the way I was born.
“I want people to benefit from whatever it has pleased God to give me. There is nothing I have that I was not given, with this ideology, I have made life better for any body I come across. This place will become a little Mecca, a sports point and an entertainment point
“We intend to have game village situated somewhere not too far from this place, we intend to have Nigerian villages Yoruba Village, Hausa Village, Igbo Village Fulani Village, Tiv Village and so on. These are the things that fascinate me and are the things I want to showcase to the world.
“I have visited Japan 49 times and they celebrate everything there even their tea. We have the best food in the world, we have the best weather in the world, we have the best of everything in the world we only need to educate our people so that we can harness them and get to the top. With good management, we do not need to look anywhere before this country prospers,” Adeojo said.
Akeredolu said he was proud to be associated with Adeojo.
“I first met chief Adeojo in 1998-1999 when I was Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in this state. That was when the Oba was to be installed and Chief Adeojo dealt decently with us,” he said.
Akeredolu urged Ondo indigenes to return home and invest in the state and its people.
“I beg all of you who are interested in developing Ondo State, please come. You (Adeojo) are one of those we are looking up to, this is my first port of call, Smokin Hill is very lucky,” he said.
Mr. A.S.K Makinde was the over all winner of the inaugural golf tournament in honour of Akeredolu. The price was presented by Chief Adeojo and his wife, Taiwo.
The event attracted many golfers from different parts of the country including the Plateau State Governor, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, his Bauchi State counterpart, Mohammed A. Abubakar, the captain of Smokin Hill Golf club, Mr. Gboye Adegbenro, a former captain of the IBB golf Club Abuja, Chief J-K Gadzama (SAN), Mr. Dapo Otunla, Mr. Tunde Afolabi, D. Musa, Grace Lukas, Tina Micheal, Shade Obawunmi, former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Prince Lanke Odogiyan, former Legal Adviser NBA, Mrs Lindan Rose Bala, Mr. Marc Enamhe and others.