The president of the Sports activities Writers Affiliation of Nigeria (SWAN), Sir Honour Sirawo, has for the primary time revealed why Mr. Chris Isuguzo, his Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) counterpart, is determined to floor sports activities writing within the nation.
Sir Sirawoo who spoke in the course of the SWAN FCT month-to-month Congress in Abuja over the weekend nevertheless stated repeated plans by the embattled outgoing NUJ President have remained unsuccessful on account of falsehoods that the Isiguzo administration is understood for spreading at all times.
The SWAN Nationwide chief stated the official registration of SWAN adopted due course of, and that the legislation beneath which SWAN operates as knowledgeable physique is drawn from the Firm and Allied Issues Act (CAMA), in contrast to the NUJ which is mainly a Commerce Union.
Sirawo additionally revealed that a number of makes an attempt by the outgoing NUJ President to muscle SWAN management have been borne out of greed and egocentric curiosity.
“It’s on file that the explanations for registering SWAN are clearly for operational and administrative effectivity and comfort. SWAN, which is knowledgeable physique for Sports activities Writers, had encountered challenges in finishing up most of its official engagements (each in Nigeria and internationally) on account of no registration with the Company Affairs Fee (CAC).
“A number of challenges have reared their heads in our makes an attempt to officialise SWAN for administrative functions however lack of official documentation has at all times stood in our method. How can we be operating a noble affiliation like ours with out financial institution accounts? Are we wiser than Financial institution officers who’re insisting on the best factor earlier than we’re registered?”
“Even after we tried to entry the proposed land area for our nationwide secretariat promised us by the Federal Capital Territory Administration some years again, we couldn’t then as a result of this registration was a part of the necessities.”
“Additionally, our affiliate physique AIPS has requested sports activities our bodies to make sure that they fulfill nationwide registration necessities in every of the international locations the place they belong.”
“Within the gentle of all these causes, we approached the management of NUJ within the spirit of oneness and reached an settlement to register SWAN, after which an official letter for the aim of registration, was obliged, the paperwork can be found for all to see in case anybody needs to verify,” the SWAN President stated.
The Nigeria’s primary sports activities author, whereas stating that NUJ had by no means performed election each on the state and nationwide ranges, which led to emergence of SWAN leaders, enjoined members to stay targeted and at all times uphold the tenets of the occupation.
He additionally warned these masquerading as SWAN leaders and members (when they’re really not) to desist from such actions earlier than the wrath of the legislation is visited on them.
“As professionals, dignity and honour needs to be our watchword. Anybody or company our bodies coping with individuals who fraudulently disguise themselves as SWAN leaders in FCT, aside from Ndubueze Chidoka who’s the chairman and his duly elected excos is doing so at their very own danger.
“When these people unknown to SWAN defraud them, they need to not blame SWAN at any time,” he stated.
Veteran sports activities Journalist and former SWAN FCT chairman, Mr. Victor Iroele, whereas commending the President, described his go to as revealing.
Earlier, incumbent SWAN FCT chairman, Mr. Chidoka appreciated Sir Sirawo for his go to and laudable achievements previously few years of his visionary management.
He assured that members are at all times prepared to stay alive to their tasks.
Notable SWAN personalities together with Nationwide Secretary, Mr. Jude Opara, former SWAN Nationwide and FCT officers have been amongst teaming members who graced the Congress.