The President of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Isaiah Benjamin, charged sports writer in the country on unity and professionalism in the course of discharging their duties
Benjamin made this known on Tuesday at a meeting with sports stakeholders and members of the association in Abuja, the federal capital territory.
He promised that his leadership would embark on a drive to ensure genuine reconciliation to bring all its registered members back on board.
The SWAN president stressed the need to engage with former EXCOs and senior members of the association in order to tap from their wealth of experience.
He said the present executive would leave no stone unturned in ensuring that all members are carried along and the association contributes to the growth of sports in the country.
“I want to assure you that my leadership will ensure genuine reconciliation among all our members.
“We must work together to contribute to the development of sports in the country,” he stated.
Responding, the immediate past Secretary-General of the association, Jude Opara, said with the conclusion of the SWAN national election, all hands must be on deck to reposition the association.
“I have invested a lot in SWAN and remain committed to its growth. They approached me for a parallel election, but I told them no.
“So we need to work together to achieve success,” he said.
Another former Secretary-General, Andrew Abah emphasized the importance of unity of purpose, going forward.
“You are the president, there is no faction. There is one thing I keep saying, we are one. For you to come to my house, it is an honor.
”I have told you we want SWAN as a united front. Before we spoke with one voice. We have fought so many battles and won. In politics, forget about whoever and whatever, carry everybody along,” he added.
It was gathered that the new national SWAN executive had paid a courtesy visit to the Minister of Sports Development, John Owan-Enoh and Chairman House Committee on Sports, Hon. Ekene Adams, as part of a familiarization tour.