Pictures: Far-reaching recommendations as SWAN FCT reconciliatory committee submits report

A committee set up by the President of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Isaiah Kemje Benjamin, to
reconcile its members in Abuja has been submitted, where they recommended that all members must accept the supremacy of SWAN statutes in the conduct of future elections.

This was contained in a statement signed by the SA Media to SWAN President, Okpani Jacob Onjewu Dickson, made available on Thursday December 14, 2023.

Submitting the report at the SWAN National Secretariat, Moshood Abiola Stadium on Thursday December 14, 2023, chairman of the committee, Mr. Ahaziah Abubakar Suleiman, as part of the resolutions, said that the role of the national body must be emphasised as central to the conduct of any genuine and credible SWAN elections.

The committee suggested that there should be no interference in the affairs of the executive activities by non-exco members or any external bodies or persons.

“Electoral Committee SWANECO should be set up comprising neutral members with integrity and impeccable character to organise elections which should be held as soon as possible before the terminal date of the polarised excos which is April, 2024.

“That the national body should invite those that failed to honour the invitation of the committee to let them know the displeasure of the exco to forestall such in the future in the interest and good health as well as development of the Association not only in Abuja
but in the country as a whole.

“There should be deliberate plans to train and re-train Sports Writers in Abuja through
partnerships to help those joining the association newly understand the rudiments and ethics of the profession,” the committee advised.

They further recommended that two principal actors should sign up to a peaceful resolution of the crisis with a caution to desist from dividing the association to forestall future occurrence.

“None of the two factional Leaders and secretaries should be allowed to contest in the new elections.

“Members who made efforts to reconcile the two factions should be identified and commended for their efforts in the past to put an end to the crisis,” they advised

They added that, the National exco should call and preside over Abuja Chapter congress, where resolution and findings of the committee will be presented to them to get the buying-in of all member for the unity and progress of the association not only in Abuja, but indeed nationally.

“All members must accept the supremacy of SWAN statutes in the conduct of future elections, and not that of the NUJ.

“The national exco should after the elections introduce the newly elected officials to all stakeholders including the Minister, NFF and all other Sporting Associations including the local FCT Associations making statement that these are the new Abuja EXCO Member who are recognized by all and sundry should henceforth deal with them only except when
the National Body is involved,” the committee advised.

Similarly, the committee said that the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) should be properly communicated on the newly approved statutes of the
association and the rules governing SWAN in the country in a polite and diplomatic way for cordial and amicable working relationship with the NUJ since all SWAN members are all journalists and mostly members of the union.

The committee commended those who honoured its invitation with their presence and gave recommendations on the way forward for Abuja Chapter of SWAN, particularly the two factional leaders who were open and down to earth, ready to embrace peace in what had happened in the past that led to the division we have in Abuja SWAN with good suggestions on the way forward.

They also called on elders who are also members of Abuja Chapter of SWAN to stop balkanising the association and allow peace to reign as nobody should be
seen to be above the statutes of SWAN, rules and regulations that govern the association.

Responding after receiving the report, SWAN President, Isaiah Kemje Benjamin commended the committee for doing a thorough job.

Represented by the Association’s Secretary-General, Amb. Ikenna Okonkwo, he assured that the recommendations will be looked into and appropriately implemented.

Members of the committee are, Victor Iroele, Paul Atte, Ganiyu Oloyede, Asueliemen Osasuyi, Lucky Obewo-Isawode and
Ben Ogbemudia who served as Secretary.