By Musa Inuwa (Niger State Correspondent)
Niger State Correspondent of the Daily Independent newspapers, Chinwendu Nnaedozie, last weekend, emerged as the Secretary of the Minna Chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN).
Other elected SWAN executives who were sworn in with her are Mr. George Daniya of Niger State Publishing Company, Newsline newspapers limited, Minna has emerged as the new Chairman of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) to pilot the affairs of the association in the next three years.
Also, Mr. Samson Ojogbane of African Independent Television (AIT) also emerged as the new Vice chairman while Chinwendu Nnadozie, of Daily Independent Newspapers Limited, emerged as the first female State Secretary of SWAN.
Speaking at the inauguration/swearing-in which took place at the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) Pen House, Minna yesterday, the state Commissioner for Sports, Mr. Emmanuel Umar called for the sustenance of the working relationship between SWAN and the Ministry for the growth and development of sports.
The Commissioner who spoke through the Director of Sports, Comrade Sheshi Katcha said the ministry welcomed criticisms by SWAN as part of the driving force that propels it to act on issues that affect Sports, adding however that such reports must not be geared towards destroying the existing bond between the two.
The National Treasurer of the NUJ, Comrade Mohammed who presided over the inauguration admonished the new executive to bring back the glory of SWAN by initiating sporting programs that will encourage both existing and new members to join SWAN, acting and speaking with one voice when the need arises.
She State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Comrade Abdul Idris who was represented by the Council Secretary, Abu Nmodu enjoined the new executive to work towards bringing SWAN in the state to be the envy of other associations.
Idris who described the new SWAN executive as the composition of people with proven integrity, however, reminded them that, “Leadership is about sacrifices. Leadership is about service to humanity, please don’t take it too high”.
Also speaking, the North-Central zonal Secretary SWAN, Abu Hassan commended the Chairman of the Interim Management Team, Mr. Dan Amasingha, and his team for successfully conducting an election that produced the just inaugurated executive and encouraged them to work as a team in order to attain the desired goal.
Other members of the new executive included; Malam Abdulrazak Bayo Oguntuwase (Radio Niger) as Treasurer, Comrade Alhassan Kutigi (NSTV) Financial Secretary, and RabiuAbubarkar Gimba (Prestige FM) as Welfare Officer. NNL.