Edo Govt. Set To Regain Top Position In Sports

Governor Obaseki Flags Off NIPDS In Edo StateThe Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has reiterated his administration’s resolve to ensure the state regains its pride of place in terms of sports at the national level.

Governor Obaseki gave the assurance when he received a team from the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Edo state chapter led by the Chairman, Ahmed Aigbona on a courtesy visit to the Government House in Benin City, the Edo state capital.

He maintained that sports had always been at the front burner throughout his campaign and was precise on his laid down procedures to lift sports in the state.

“We want to make sure we regain our pride of place and restore our legacy in sports, we are leaders in sports and we will do everything to ensure we retrace our step and recover our position and pride in sports.”

As parts of efforts to regain first position in sports, the state government organized sports workshop which was well attended by great sports men and women across the nation including sports writers to develop the necessary framework.

The Governor further said that his administration will refurbish part of Samuel Ogemudia Stadium and also revamp major sports like athletics and football which will be handled by professionals to produce the desired result, adding that the administration is also set to encourage school sports to catch them young.

Earlier, the Chairman of SWAN, applauded the present administration for the achievements recorded so far in areas of investments promotion.

He urged the State government to implement recommendations from the sports workshop.

“We commend you for your commitment to developing sports in Edo state and your assurance to faithfully implement the outcome of the sports workshop.”

Governor Wike Hails SWAN At 53

SWAN, Rivers State, Nyesom WikeThe Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has felicitated with the leadership and members of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) on the 53rd anniversary of the association.

Governor Wike lauded the association for its contributions towards the development of sports in Nigeria through professional reportage of sporting events and sports personalities.

He urged SWAN to sustain its efforts aimed at developing sports in the country and assured the association of support from the Rivers State government.

The governor made the remarks in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Mr Simeon Nwakaudu.

Invest In Sports, Ekiti Govt Begs Corporate Organisations

NasarawaCorporate bodies, Private organisations and interested individuals have been asked to get involved in the development of sports particularly football at the grassroots.

The Chairman of Ekiti State Football Association, Mr Ayodeji Alabi, who made the appeal, said that the desired results would be difficult to achieve if the running of football and other sports generally was seen as sole responsibility of the government.

He pointed out  that full involvement of both private organisations and individuals through huge investment in grassroots football development would help in the discovery and identification of raw talents that could be nurtured to stardom.

The Ekiti FA boss spoke in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital at the weekend during a get-together organised by the management of Phoenix Athletic Sports Limited for members of the Ayodeji Ogunsakin-led state chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN).

He said the association was ready to support organisations as well as individuals with genuine interest to developing the youths of the state through the instrumentality of the game of football.

“It takes discipline and determination to make things work. It will interest you to see how best we can develop the game of football from the grassroots. Every genuine agenda geared towards youths and football development at the grassroots will get our support as the body that is saddled with the administration of the game in the state,” he stated.

He, however, stressed the need for the stakeholders to ensure that the game be runned the way it should.

Earlier in his remarks, the Chief Executive Officer of Phoenix Athletic Sports, Mr Bayo Olanlege, commended the sports journalists for their contributions towards the development of sports in the state.

Mr Olanlege, who bankrolled a national league side, Phoenix football Club stated that the mandate of the organisation was to hunt for young sports talents and groom them for national and international meets.

While noting that the support of the state FA was pivotal to generating ideas for football development in the state, he disclosed that plans were on by his organisation to float a basket ball team.

Mr Ayodeji expressed SWAN’s readiness to support the organisation in its efforts at revolutionising and developing sports in the state and the country at large.

Foreign Scouts To Witness Yobe Football Competition

Yobe Football CompetitionForeign scouts are expected to witness the 2016 Governor’s Cup football competition in Yobe State, northeast Nigeria.

The Director of Sports in the state, Abubakar Ago, who disclosed this at the draws of the competition, said it would kick off throughout the state on Monday, December 19.

The draws brought together football lovers and administrators within and outside Yobe State, including members of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) and club owners among others.

Mr Ago said that the 2016 competition has been expanded to give room for participation from private and individual teams, contrary to that of the previous years where only local government teams were allowed to participate.

He said that the aim of the competition was to uncover the hidden talents that abound in the state.

The sports director said five centers have been selected for the competition, adding that Potiskum, Gashua, Nguru and Geidam township stadia would all be occupied from December 20.

He further urged participating footballers to display their best performances as the competition would be witnessed by foreign scouts.

The opening match of the competition would be between Damaturu Local Government FC and a Damaturu metropolitan club, Ajari United.

Sports Key To Economic Development – Gbenga Daniel

Gbenga-Daniel, SWAN, SportsFormer Governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel, has described sports as a veritable tool for economic development, just as he called on financially-muscled Nigerians to invest in sports.

Mr Daniel made the remarks in Sagamu while playing host to members of the National Executive Committee of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) who were at his residence to pay him a courtesy visit.

He noted that sports can create employment, empowerment and above all, develop the society economically.

“I want to use this opportunity to call on well-meaning Nigerians who have the financial muscle, people like Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Dr. Mike Adenuga and host of others to try as much as possible to invest in sports.

“I heard in the news some time ago that Alhaji Aliko Dangote wants to buy Arsenal Football Club. Well, he is a businessman, he must have seen the potential of making profit by acquiring the club but I want him to look inwards and consider having a Dangote Football Club in Nigeria.

“By doing this, there will be employment for some set of people and those depending on them for their daily needs will also benefit indirectly.

Profitable Ventures

“It is also funny when I hear people say that sports does not bring any kind of profit when invested in. I remember when we hosted the Gateway Games in 2006, I think we recorded about 92 million Naira profit after the competition.

“Therefore, it is important to note here that sports as much as I know is one of the most profitable ventures. Aside the economic value attached to sports, it also reduces social vices in the society because whenever any sporting event is taking place, the environment becomes friendly and devoid of any form of criminality,” he said.

In his address, SWAN President, Honour Sirawoo, stated that the former governor’s tremendous achievements in the sports sector while in office prompted the council to visit him.

“We are here today (Friday) to let you know that all what you did to develop sports in Ogun State and Nigeria at large when you were serving as governor did not go unnoticed. And that is the reason we are here tell you that you are recognised and highly appreciated for your efforts.”

Sirawoo went on to announce Mr Daniel as the association’s national patron.

He, however, hinted that the formal investiture would be held at a later date and at the convenience of the recipient.

Niger SWAN Gets Dissolved

swanThe Niger State Executive committee of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has been dissolved.

The dissolution took place at an emergency congress of the association held at the NUJ state secretarial in Minna after members unanimously agreed that they no longer have confidence in the Executives.

The motion for the dissolution of the state chapter was moved by Mr John Adams of the Guardian and seconded by Mr Obinna Onuaize of NAN.

The Emergency congress which was presided over by the immediate past Secretary, Mr Bayo Oguntuase relied on Article 21 paragraph D of the SWAN statues.

The congress also invoked Article 15 paragraph C to call for an emergency meeting since the state executive failed to call a congress in the three years life span of their administration which would terminate on 13 August 2016.

The immediate past Secretary of SWAN, Mr Bayo Oguntuase was mandated by the congress to see to the affairs of the association pending when a credential committee will be put in place.

The Congress then appointed three delegates that will represent the state at the forth coming National Delegate Conference of SWAN billed to take place in Ilorin the Kwara state capital.