*thanks dedicated members for successful 2019
By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja
The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has warned that members who fail to register with the national Secretariat, will be prevented from participating in it’s activities from 2020.
This was contained in a statement signed by its Secretary General, Jude Opara, made available on Thursday December 26, 2019.
“As we step into 2020, we expect both old and new members to register as state Chairmen have been directed to ensure that non registered sports journalists do not partake in SWAN activities.
“We encourage members to revalidate their membership with the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) in view of the several international engagements in the coming year,” it said.
The leadership of SWAN thanked its members across the 36 States of the federation and Abuja for working towards achieving an eventful year.
“Though not without its own ups and downs; just as we appreciate our robust and collective quest to have anAssociation that will be the pride of all.
“The leadership is focused on entrenching and pursuing variables that would enhance growth in the Association.
“The year witnessed a successful and peaceful ‘Triennial Delegates Congress’ sponsored by our National Patron and Power of Sports (POS) in Africa, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike wherein National Executive Committee (NEC) members were elected on October 7 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State with 32 State chapters in attendance; the highest in the history of the Association.
“At the subsequent Statute amendment Congress of October 8 in Port-Harcourt, we took another bold decision when we unanimously voted to return the Association to the original path designed by its founding fathers wherein it operated as development partners with individuals and organization with like minds,” it said.
SWAN said that they also made another landmark achievement with the successful review of the SWAN Statute which was last done in 2008.
“Just as we were able to keep faith with our financial obligation to state chapters and our international body ‘the AIPS’.
“Our commitment for a knowledge-based, united, responsible, constructive engagements oriented, alternative data platform for critical stakeholders in sports anchored on the Statute of SWAN will remain sacrosanct.
“Despite the prevailing economic situation which has affected the revenue base of the Association, the National Secretariat has continued to function optimally; this we are optimistic will be sustained in the New Year,” it assured.
The association wished its members especially those that submitted their works for consideration in the forthcoming AIPS Media Award slated for Budapest, Hungary between the 3rd and 6th of February, 2020 and their partners best of luck and a prosperous New Year.