*says sports writers will be accredited through SWAN
By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Vice President, North Central Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) and Representative at the Main Organising Committee (MOC), Publicity & Comm. Sub-Committee of the National Sports Festival (NSF), Edo 2020, Danmusa Mohammed has advised sports writers to disregard the misinformation that the Edo North Football Association Chairman of Edo State FA, Ahmed Aigbona is in charge of media accreditation for the games.
He made the clarification in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen on Monday March 2, 2020, he said Ahmed Aigbona may be trying to defraud the Edo State Government.
“Our attention has been drawn to a statement credited to one Ahmed Aigbona, asking members of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) across the country to forward their details for accreditation to his private mailbox to enable them cover the forthcoming National Sports Festival (NSF) in Benin, Edo State.
“For the records, the said Aigbona who is currently the chairman, Edo North Football Association (FA) and member, Edo State FA lacks the locus standi to act for and on behalf of SWAN that is effectively represented at the Main Organising Committee (MOC).
“I want to assure the entire membership of the association that the MOC Publicity and Communication Sub-Committee of Edo 2020 NSF, headed by the Director of Press in the Federal Ministry of Sports, Blessing Lere-Adams; of which I am a member has not released processes for media accreditation,” it stated.
In the statement titled, “Re: Accreditation for National Sports Festival, Edo 2020” he assured that the Media accreditation shall be handled by the Main Organising Committee (MOC) through SWAN representative in the Committee as has been done in previous editions.
“While assuring members that details of the processes would be made available as soon as they are ready, I implore you and other unsuspecting members of the public to discard any statement or call from the said Ahmed Aigbona whose aim might not be far from defrauding the Edo State government,” it concluded.