Golf aficionados from across the South East and neighboring regions were in their elements at the weekend when Enugu Golf Club celebrated one of its own, Air Officer Commanding Ground Training, Nigeria Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Frank Opara.
It was a kitty that also served as the official unveiling of the club’s hole 11. With members of Course 36 of Nigeria Defense Academy, including Air Vice Marshall Olusegun Philip, Air Vice Marshall Yinka Alade and Major Gen HPZ Vintenaba, also in attendance, the event presented the players opportunity to catch up on old times and seek ways of helping to grow the sport.
Speaking at the event, NDA Course 36 President, Brig. Gen. Hanza Onogita (rtd.), described General Opara as an upright man, who believes in equal justice to all human beings irrespective of tribe or nationality.
Also speaking at the event, Col Achkasim of the Nigeria Army said the junior officers were emulating the footsteps of General Opara, who sees and brings out the best in his men and officers, a trait that has seen the leader succeed at every position he has occupied in the force.
Corroborating Achkasim’s description of Opara, Air Commodore Anthony Nweke said the Air Force chief has way of bringing out the best in officers and men under his command, adding that Opara is a commander, who wants his seeks the success of his charges.
Elated by the turn out at the event and the kind words by his colleagues, AOC Opara disclosed that the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Isiaka Amao, who was represented by Air Vice Marshall Cletus Udeagulu, the Chief of Communication Information Systems (CCIS), NAF HQ, has been encouraging sporting activities, which has made Nigeria Air Force one of the major producers of sports men and women for the nation.
After the speeches, Air Vice Marshall Cletus Udeagulu, assisted by members of NDA Course 36, performed the official unveiling of the Air Force hole at the club.
Other dignitaries at the event were Major General Bob Chukwu (rtd.), representative of the Commissioner of Police, Enugu State, captains of industry, other notable golfers and other friends of the AOC.