The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Osun State chapter has decried the non inclusion of Ministry of Sports Development among the recently created Ministries in the State of Osun.
In a statement issued at the end of the June State Congress of the association held at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Press Centre, Osogbo, the association also decried non appointment of a Commissioner/Special Adviser to oversee the crucial and important sector of human development.
A statement signed by the State Chairman and Secretary of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria SWAN,Osun State chapter, Mr.Adeyemi Aboderin and Mr. Olufemi Olanipekun, the congress of Osun SWAN which described the overlook by the Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesolaas quite unfortunate,noted that the non creation of Sports Development ministry ran contrary to the investment and interest of the present government in the state on sports, taken into consideration, the Walk-to-Live programme and the investment in Osun United FC and Osun Babes FC, and other areas, which has put both clubs in proper stead.
The association also noted that the Governor,being the GRAND PATRON of SWAN in the state of Osun,would have done the sector a better deal of service by including Sports Ministry in the list of ministries which were either re-listed or newly created.
The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria SWAN,therefore called on the State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, to reconsider his decision on this and put machinery in motion towards the actualization of the re-listing of Sports Ministry/ Commissioner / Special Adviser as genuine and concrete demand from stakeholders in the sector,as reflected by the congress of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Osun State chapter.
The association,which commended the appointment of the immediate past Chairman, Osun United fc,Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi as Special Assistant on Football Matters, however noted that his scope of duties are too limited to cover the demands from the Sports sector.
The association therefore enjoined all and sundry,most especially,stakeholders in the sector to join hands with the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria SWAN, in bringing the demand to the doorstep of Mr.Governor and those concerned.
The congress congratulates all the newly inaugurated cabinet members in the state of Osun and wished them successful tenure of office,called for urgent consideration and implementation of its demand in order to lift sports development in the state to the next