Mr Solomon Dalung, Minister of Youths and Sports Development.

The Ladies’ Section of the IBB Golf and Country Club in Abuja must do more for golf to develop better at the grass roots in Nigeria, Sports Minister Solomon Dalung says.

Dalung said on Thursday in Abuja during the ceremonial tee-off of the 21st IBB Ladies Golf Championship that the potential for development was there for tapping.

“The club only needs to initiate good programmes that will utilise personnel, potential and resources to get the right results,’’ the Minister of Youths and Sports Development said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the championship which gets underway officially on Friday is holding at the IBB International Golf and Country Club course in Abuja.

The Minister said grassroots development of the sport was very critical to the growth and development of the sport in the country.

“The issue of grassroots development of the game of golf must be given serious and adequate concern.

“I wouldn’t want a situation where when these set of professionals you have now phase out, you will still have to go back to the drawing board.

“The truth is that any country which repeats development by revisiting the drawing board, such a country will remain perpetually underdeveloped.

“But I believe the lady golfers do not intend to tow that line. Therefore, whenever I will be invited here again, I will want to see a situation where young lady golfers are part of the championships,’’ he said.

Dalung also called on the Nigeria Golf Association to partner with the ministry in its activities.

“As a ministry, we also want to challenge the golf association to try to partner more with us, in terms of your programmes.

“This is very important, so that we can be more involved and participate not only in your local competitions but also in your international engagements as well.

“The ministry has provisions of support for any association that is traveling out to represent Nigeria and in case you do not know, once a team qualifies to play outside the country, it automatically becomes the President’s team.

“Therefore, it is the responsibility of the country’s President to cater for the welfare and security of the team and he is also expected to give his blessings and wish the team well in Nigeria,” he said.