See sports jour­nal­ists as part­ners, SWAN urges sports ad­min­is­tra­tors

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The Pres­i­dent of the Sports Writ­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria (SWAN), Hon­our Si­ra­woo, has ad­vised sports ad­min­is­tra­tors to see sports jour­nal­ists as crit­i­cal stake­hold­ers in sports de­vel­op­ment rather than ad­ver­saries, saying “Nige­ria’s march to great­ness in sports can­not be achieved with­out the in­put of sports writ­ers”.

The SWAN Pres­i­dent said sports writ­ers were ready to op­er­ate strictly within the rules of en­gage­ment and en­sure bal­anced re­portage and con­struc­tive­ness in­stead of paint­ing a pic­ture of con­fronta­tion.

Si­ra­woo, who was re­spond­ing to ques­tions from jour­nal­ists on the side­lines of the ongoing National Hockey Su­per League at the Abuja National Sta­dium, where he joined the Federation’s top hi­er­ar­chy to watch Plateau and Kaduna state teams play, said: “Our ma­jor re­spon­si­bil­ity is sports pro­mo­tion and not vendetta us­ing our priv­i­leged po­si­tions.

“While we ad­vise sports ad­min­is­tra­tors to do the right thing, we, as sports writ­ers must also do our part by en­sur­ing that we dish out bal­anced re­ports.”

“Our task is sa­cred and de­mands high sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity,” the SWAN Pres­i­dent fur­ther stated.

He said one of SWAN’s chal­lenges was to re­gain the con­fi­dence of the peo­ple, a task Si­ra­woo em­pha­sised would be quickly ac­com­plished by mem­bers re­al­is­ing that “we not only share a com­mon goal as SWAN, but be­lieve in the ex­is­tence of the as­so­ci­a­tion through our ac­tions.”

The SWAN Pres­i­dent com­mended the Youth and Sports Min­is­ter, Solomon Dalung, as well as the Sports Fed­er­a­tions and other crit­i­cal stake­hold­ers, for iden­ti­fy­ing with the mis­sion of the new SWAN Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee which was an­chored on pro­fes­sion­al­ism and restora­tion of the dig­nity of the as­so­ci­a­tion to­wards qual­ity ser­vice de­liv­ery.

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