The Southwest zonal meeting of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) held over the weekend in Abeokuta, Ogun state.
Rising from the meeting held at Neu Gate Guest House, Abeokuta, the southwest caucus comprising of the executive members issued a communique cautioning the association leadership against subverting the status of secretaries of the union.
They frowned at any tendency to subvert their statutes by the full council and to inhibit elected officers from performing their functions.
A communique jointly signed by the Communiqué Drafting Committee consisting of Mr. Ayodeji Ogunsakin, SWAN chairman, Ekiti; Mr.Bunmi Ogunyale, SWAN Secretary, Lagos and Mr. Segun Giwa, SWAN Secretary, Ondo asked state chapters to do more to impact on members in the area of capacity building and also collaborate more with one another on programmes and projects.
The communique reads in full: “Following a review of the last Full Council Meeting the South West Zone stated its belief that the Full Council as provided for in the Statutes can never be complete without Secretaries of state chapters and that no attempt should be made to undermine their status.
“That while we accepted the explanation that the attempt to substitute the duly elected Deputy National Secretary with another name in the programme of the Full Council Meeting in Port Harcourt, we frown at any tendency to subvert our statutes and to inhibit elected officers from performing their functions.
“That the South West Zone resolved that its state chapters must do more to impact on members in the area of capacity building and also collaborate more with one another on programmes and projects.
“That South West State governments should invest more on sports development through youth programmes, the provision of sports facilities for grassroots communities, schools and neighbourhoods and motivation of athletes. This also includes providing legislation to ensure that public and private primary and secondary schools have sports facilities for young persons to develop.
“That stakeholders in the Western Nigeria Football Forum should synergize with the South West state governments and relevant institutions to actualise the visions and objectives of the programme.
“That the Lagos and Oyo State governments should engage more with the Federal Government to reverse the deplorable conditions of the National Stadium, Lagos, and the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Ibadan.
“The South West zone of SWAN is disturbed by the prevailing circumstances in Nigeria football and while awaiting the position of the National SWAN on the crisis, we are compelled to advise representatives of the South West Zone to uphold the dignity of the zone by standing firmly only by the principles of truth, honesty, justice and democratic ideals, and with unflinching sense of responsibility to sustenance of association football that promotes the image of our nation as a respectable member of the global football community.”