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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.

 

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BUA Chairman, Abdul Samad Rabiu Donates 10bn Naira Security Support Fund For Various Interventions Through ASR Africa

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Leading Nigerian Businessman, Industrialist and Philanthropist, Abdul Samad Rabiu, paid a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari today in Abuja, to update him and to thank him for creating an enabling environment for business to thrive, and also brief him on the strides BUA Group has made in the past few years.

 

Thereafter, Rabiu briefed the President on the activities of his foundation, The Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative (ASR Africa) during which he also announced the donation of a N10billion Nigeria Security Support Fund from ASR Africa towards the provision of some security equipment, medical and other supplies, upgrade of health facilities and other infrastructure for families of those on the frontlines.

 

According to Rabiu, the visit was in order to identify with President Muhammadu Buhari, during whose tenure BUA has built over 10 factories with two of the Group’s subsidiaries now amongst the top 10 largest publicly listed companies in Africa, and to further support the efforts of his administration in business as well as in the security space.

 

In his response, President Buhari said it was heartwarming to see and hear of Nigerian companies doing so much within Nigeria, and Africa especially in the area of production using locally available raw materials. He also expressed his elation at the achievements of BUA which had led to phenomenal growth within such a short time. “As a Government, we know we have done a lot in this regard, and we will continue to do more to support the aspirations of serious businesses, big and small, by providing an enabling environment as well as supporting value creation within Nigeria.

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Fayose Undergoes Major Neck Surgery

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A former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has gone under the knife.

 

The former Ekiti state governor had two major surgical operations within five months. One in February (neck) and another one earlier this week (back).

According to his associates, the surgeries are results of the attack on him during the 2018 Ekiti governorship election.

 

This newspaper recalls that in July 2018, dozens of armed police officers barricaded a venue of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rally, close to the Ekiti Government House.

 

Videos of the incident showed the police using tear gas to disperse the PDP supporters, including the then state governor, Fayose, who was also affected by the police action.

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