Rivers State Governor Barr. Nyesom Wike has called on sports writers and administrators across the country to tap into the full potentials and values sports creates to ensure its full benefits.
Acknowledging that sports boost social life, enhance health, empower financially and creates business opportunities, the Governor said, Rivers State Government would continue to promote sports at the grassroot and national levels.
While speaking at the 2019 National Triennial Conference of the Sports Writers Association (SWAN), in Port Harcourt, Governor Wike, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Tammy Danagogo, emphasized that sports writers hold crucial angle in the sports tripod by being the vanguard of the spectator.
“ I hope that you do your jobs passionately and with every amount of vigor adding more value than sentimental statements”, he said.
He further regretted the lack of structured strings of income in the sports arena and bemoaned the release of funds only close to tournament without proper consideration to training and preparations by some sports administrators and sponsors. A situation he described as means to nourishing corruption which is aided by cabals which some sports writers belong and supports.
“I believe sports writers have big duty to salvage our sports and make things right. As I wish you a successful conference,” he said.
Earlier, the conference under the Chairmanship of Chief Adokiye Amiesimaka, had former presidents of SWAN and veterans who delivered goodwill messages encouraging more female participation in the association and need for unity.
President of SWAN, Mr Honour Sirawoo thanked delegates for attending the two days conference.