Sports can cure ethno-religious conflicts,says Mark



David Mark

President of the Senate, David Mark has again Harped  on the for governments and private organizations to collaborate in the development of sports as a tool for peaceful co-existence and unity and the diverse ethnic and religious groups in the country.

“I am convinced that with sports, there would healthy competitions and our people . The occasional ethno-religious outbursts would addressed because sports only one language “friendship,peace, love and togetherness”, Mark stressed.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the 4th edition of Governor Gabriel Suswam Annual PRO-AM golf tournament in Otukpo, Benue at the weekend, the president of the Senate was optimistic that sports like deep affection conquers all grievances or aggression.

He added: ” In the good old days of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, the language was Nigeria and Nigeria. There was no ethnic or religious coloration. was one love Nigeria. The same spirit could rekindled today if we develop all aspects of our sports and promote healthy competition rather than the contrary”.

Mark therefore promised to continue to contribute his quota towards the development of sports in the country.

In his remark, host governor Suswam expressed appreciation to the president of the Senate for promoting sports in Benue and contributing to the socio- economic development of the .

According to Suswam: ” The Otukpo Golf Course has placed Benue on the International tourism map and so I have no doubt in my mind that the first set of future Tiger Woods will come from Benue ”.

In the result after the four- day tournament, Emos Korblah  the Otukpo resident Professional emerged the overall winner with a gross of 288. Ideriah Solomon of Port-Harcourt golf club emerged category one winner with 310 while Amina Wilfred of Kano Golf club clinched the Ladies trophy with 177 points.

 

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