By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The National Secretariat of the Sports Writers Association of NIgeria (SWAN) has warned states chapters whose tenures of executives has elapsed to expedite process of conducting elections.
The warning was contained in a statement signed by its Secretary General, Jude Opara made available to newsmen on Sunday, stressing that failure to do the needful would force the national secretariat to set up caretaker committees in affected states.
“In line with relevant sections of the SWAN Statute, the National Secretariat will move to set up Caretaker Committees in the affected chapters after the given deadline,” it said.
The association commended states that have so far conducted elections, while charging others to brace up.
“Therefore the National Secretariat is happy that so far some chapters like; Adamawa, Borno, Ekiti, Gombe, Taraba, Nasarawa, Plateau, Benue and Niger have successfully conducted their elections within the given time frame.
“We also urge those chapters like; Ebonyi and Sokoto that have kick started the process to expedite action to conduct the elections within the given time frame.
“However, we want to remind chapters like; Edo, Zamfara, Enugu, Lagos, Cross River, Ogun, Osun and Katsina to also work towards conducting their elections as stipulated,” it said.
SWAN said that the move followed earlier correspondence of December 16, 2020 on the subject matter.
“The National Secretariat wishes to remind all the affected chapters that were yet to conduct elections that the directive that they should conduct the elections on or before the March 31st 2021 subsists.
“Procedurally, the executive of every chapter in consultation with the congress and the National Secretariat should conduct periodic elections not later than three months after the expiration of its tenure,” it added.