FCT SWAN pledges support for new NFF General Secretary

NFF Scribe, Mohammed Sanusi
NFF Scribe, Mohammed Sanusi

The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN, FCT chapter has pledged to support the Nigeria Football Federation in its bid to reposition the game of football in the country.
This was part of the decisions reached in a meeting between the executive members of SWAN FCT Chapter and the new General Secretary of the NFF, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi at the Glass House in Abuja.
Led by its Chairman, Kayode Adeniyi, newly elected SWAN FCT chapter exco comprising of Vice Chairman Ndubeze Chidoka, Secretary, Martins Odiete, Assistant Secretary Bunmi Haruna, Treasurer, Salifu Usman and Financial Secretary, Ikenna Okonkwo did not mince words while tabling issues concerning the not too cordial relationship between both parties in the past.
But after due deliberations the parties agreed that a good working relationship between the NFF and the media is important for the game of football to move forward in Nigeria.
Though members of the Executive took turns to bare their mind on critical issues of importance, Chairman, Mr. Adeniyi, specifically demanded the media should not been seen as “enemies of the house”, but rather as partners in progress.
He maintained “We have been partners in progress as far as the development and growth of football is concerned. When we write stories that you are not comfortable with, it is not to bring you down rather, it is to draw your attention to some things that needed to be done. So, we are not supposed to be seen as people that are against anyone in this house.
“The federation has been doing a lot but there is need to do more in uplifting the standard of football in Nigeria. We have plans to partner with various sports organizations including NFF in our monthly Physical Health Exercise (Walking and Jogging), Adeniyi concluded.”
Responding, NFF General Secretary, Dr. Sanusi paid glowing tribute to members of Fourth Estate of the Realm particularly SWAN FCT chapter and assured of his readiness to work harmoniously with the media.
According to him “We in the federation are committed in our resolve to deliver and work with everyone who has one or two things to contribute in developing Nigeria’s football. All we are pleading with you is to always be objective while criticizing us.
“There are many positive things happening in Nigeria football, Why will someone take special interest in writing only when he feels something is not going well? Let your members always verify their facts before publishing. On our part, we will continue to partner with the media.”

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