The Chairman, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Lagos Chapter, Debo Oshundun, has called on the leadership of the Lagos State Sports Commission to deliver onboard members of the association about the reconstituted sports association boards in the nation.
“As one of the essential stakeholders in athletics development in the state, I want to call on the leadership of this commission to bring onboard our members as media attaches to the various sports associations in the state.
“This will help in the area of data management and cordial relationship between the media and the commission.
“The very last boards had SWAN members on board but the arrangement wasn’t formal,” he said.
In his comments, the Director-General, Lagos State Sports Commission, Oluwatoyin Gafar Bolowotan thanked the newest Lagos SWAN executive associates for deeming it fit to pay the commission per trip after the institution’s election held in March.
His words: “For us at the commission, sportswriters have a vital place in our hearts. Though we might disagree with one another in one area or the other, we’re partners in progress.
“We welcome criticism from the media but our fascination is that such criticism ought to be objective.
“We don’t claim to understand it all. Our doors are always available to the institution, therefore we hope for an improved connection in the next few years.”
The Director-General reported that the petition for appointing SWAN members as media attaches to the recently reconstituted sports institution boards is a welcome suggestion.
“The petition is a welcome concept, we’ll look into it and shortly the commission will return to you on it.
“Though we don’t have any record of which SWAN members are a part of the past sports association boards however we’ll consider your request because it is in line with our new policy in athletics development and guidelines for your sports association,” he said.