The President of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), *Sir Honour Sirawoo* has inaugurated a caretaker Committee for its Lagos State chapter with a charge to conduct election within three months.
The inauguration of a Caretaker Committee follows the vacuum in the leadership of the chapter since 2019 as a result of the failure of the then chairman, *Debo Oshundun* to revalidate his membership after 2018 and refusal to act on appeals, and directives of the Association’s National Executive Committee (NEC).
The failure to revalidate membership in 2018, 2019 and 2020, he stressed, automatically implies that *Debo Oshundun* ceased to be a member of the Association and is thus Statutes-barred from holding any position.
*Sirawoo*, represented by the Vice Presidents of South South, *Bonny Nyong* and, South West, *Seun Ajayi-Obe*, stressed further that the constitution of caretaker followed the due process as enshrined in the Association’s Statutes.
*Article 22 (h)* of the Statute speaks of power to constitute Caretaker Committee being given to the NEC, should the leadership of any state chapter detach itself from the national body.
The SWAN Statutes also stipulates that an individual shall lose membership, following failure to renew it through a yearly registration, after the first 90 days in each year.
*Sirawoo* who supervised *Oshundun’s* election in 2017 stated that SWAN in Lagos had always been progressive minded and one of the best in the country, but was quick to add that such standard was lowered by the last exco.
“Lagos Chapter has produced great leaders for SWAN besides being the cradle of Sports Journalism; as a President, i saw Lagos as a flagship, the center set the pace; today nobody is talking about the Lagos SWAN estate, the Co-operative Welfare Structure is gone.
“The administrative secretary that has served the Chapter for years before 2018 was asked to go home without salary for several months, the Lagos SWAN Secretariat that used to be a beehive of activities is now a shadow of itself; no responsible leadership can fold its arms to such failure” he stated.
He then charged the newly sworn-in leaders to work hard and ensure that proper template is set for Lagos SWAN to reclaim its glory as a strong and vibrant state chapter.
The SWAN President, who commended the Lagos State governor for donating a Hiace Air-conditioned Bus to the chapter, thanked operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and Nigeria Police for their presence at the instance of the Association.
He urged the Caretaker Committee members headed by *Aaron Akerejola* of Arise TV, with a statutory mandate to administer the Association for a period of three months and organise election that would usher in new executive to identify and retrieve the Association property for use by the chapter.
In his acceptance speech, the Chairman, *Aaron Akerejola* assured that the committee will meet with critical stakeholders with the view of coming up with ways of restoring the lost glory of Lagos SWAN.
He noted that the Lagos State chapter of SWAN is not and can’t be independent of the National Secretariat of SWAN and commended the National President, *Sir Honour Sirawoo* for given the Association a corporate image.
The inauguration, witnessed by a large number of card carrying members of SWAN in Lagos, took place at the Association secretariat, inside the National Stadium, Surulere.
GTCO FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL 2023… A CELEBRATION OF FOOD!
The annual GTCO Food & Drink Festival is back again for its 6th Edition, and food lovers across Africa and the world are in for a feast like never before! The event is slated to hold from Saturday April 29th till Monday May 1st 2023, at GTCentre, Plot 1 Water Corporation Drive, Oniru, Victoria Island, Lagos, providing a 3-day weekend of food and endless celebration.
The GTCO Food & Drink Festival brings together the greatest minds on the global culinary stage, the most industrious Nigerian small food business owners, a world class, state-of-the-art children’s play area, merging them all to give attendees the most memorable food and drink event.
Commenting on the 2023 GTCO Food and Drink Festival, the Group Chief Executive Officer of Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc, Segun Agbaje, said; “Food and drink are intrinsically social things, and best enjoyed when shared. We understand the value of bringing together businesses and consumers who are passionate about food and have continued to inspire new ways to experience life through food and drink. The continuing success of our free-business platforms reflect our unchanging commitment to Promoting Enterprise and echoes our brand promise of creating Great Experiences.”
Constantly innovating the space and on a quest to continue creating great experiences for all stakeholders, GTCO Food & Drink will be expanding its capacity by creating more opportunities for more businesses and increasing its highly coveted vendor stalls from 142 to 204, giving even more innovative and assiduous business owners the chance to not only showcase their businesses to the over 250,000 foodies in attendance, but also engage with their customer base and learn from a confluence of other great-minded food entrepreneurs. The event will also feature three premier DJs in Africa, setting the scene for a weekend of celebration, food, drink, and togetherness.
Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc is a leading financial services company providing banking and non-banking services including payments, wealth management, and pension fund management, with a presence across eleven countries spanning West and East Africa as well as the United Kingdom. The Group operates a diversified, Proudly African franchise and is renowned for its innovative approach to customer service and stakeholder engagement which has endeared the brand to millions of people across Africa and beyond. Over the years, many customers have benefited from its unique loan products including the Food Industry Credit and Fashion Industry Credit designed specifically for businesses in the food and fashion industry.
It’s time once again to come together and celebrate the great joys food has to offer! Attendance is FREE.
For more information on the event, please visit: https://foodanddrink.gtcoplc.com
Governor Dapo Abiodun Warn Traders Rejecting Old Naira Notes In Ogun State, Releases Number To Call
The Executive Governor of Ogun State, His Excellency, Prince Dr. Dapo Abiodun, has issued a strong warning to the people of the state, especially traders, commuters, banks, filling stations, supermarkets, and others not to reject old Naira notes.
Abiodun, in his speech, insisted that the N500 and N1000 remain legal tender in his state and that whosoever was caught in the act of rejecting the money will be punished accordingly.
In a recent viral video, the number one citizen of the state said the Supreme Court has ruled that the old Naira Notes is a legal tender till December 31st, 2023, so he sees no reason people will be rejecting the money in order to make life more difficult for already suffering Nigerians.
According to him, “I am hereby sounding a note of warning to every Merchant, Trader, Banker, Petrol Station that is refusing old Naira notes. If you report to me, I will deal with you to the fullest extent of the law.
The Supreme Court of Nigeria is the highest Court of the land and has ruled that the old naira notes remain legal tender until December 31st, 2023”, he said.
However, information from another source claimed that the smart and highly intelligent governor had immediately sent out law enforcers to arrest anyone rejecting the old money. At the same time, a mobile number (0803 375 1767) was also provided for the good people of Ogun State to call in case anyone rejects the old Naira Notes in the state.
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