The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) on Wednesday in Ilorin elected Mr. Honour Siraswoo as the National President and other members of the national executives to run its affairs for the next three years.
The election held at the Kwara state council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Ilorin under a free and fair atmosphere had other elected national officers of the association which included, Mr. Wale Alabi, VP North West, Mr. Ado Salisu, VP South East, Mr. Cajetan Nkwopara, Financial Secretary, Mrs. Jibo Zakari, VP South West, Mr. Ajayi Adeboyen Treasurer, Mr. Abdulraheem Audu among others.
Speaking after his election, Mr. Siraswoo charged federal government to come up with its strategic blueprint for the nation’s sports development.
This, he said , would go a long way in demonstrating its seriousness in the sports development.
He also advocated a reappraisal of the Act establishing the Nigeria Institute of Sports (NIS) with a view to upgrading the center to a degree awarding institution in the country.
He said that, such development would properly equip coaches and others that seek knowledge to the benefit of sports development in the country and beyond.
Siraswoo also said that, “to facilitate the process of reaping effectively from the trillions in the sports world, we recommend the establishment of a sports university with campuses and facilities located in areas peculiar to particular sports.
“This institution just like the Petroleum Training Institute, Law, Medical and Journalism schools will refine the raw sports talents abound in our land for a guaranteed market besides putting our youths off vices”.
The new SWAN president also decried members of the association seeking financial assistance from the government or corporate bodies under various groups also banned them at the congress
According to him, “All forums and groups within SWAN are hereby banned while every members and officials of the association seeking assistance or supprt from the government, corporate bodies or individuals in the name of SWAN at all levels must henceforth seek clearance from the national secretariat”.