SWAN assured of synergy in sports development in Rivers State-From Chukwudi Ejimofor, PH


Rivers SWAN SEC Members With Hon. Christopher Green at the Center.

The Special Advisers to Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state on Real Madrid Football Academy, and on Schools’ Sports, Hon. Christopher Green and Hon. Aribitonye Mohammed Okiri. respectively, have solicited for the support of Sports Writers’ Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Rivers state chapter, in their bid to promote and develop raw sporting talents in the state.

They made the requests when the Chairman of SWAN Rivers state chapter, Udede Jim-Opiki led the state executive committee (SEC) of the association on courtesy visits to  offices of Real Madrid Football Academy, and School’s Sports in Rivers in Port Harcourt.

Hon.  Green thanked the newly-elected SEC of SWAN Rivers state for felicitating with their offices, and opined that the caliber of the executive would raise the standard of SWAN Rivers image in the country.

“We have to congratulate you, we do not have doubts in our mind that you are going to take SWAN to an enviable heights, we are going to have a more vibrant SWAN than ever before in the state” he averred.

He promised further that their offices are the extension of SWAN office, charged members of SWAN to utilized the the synergy to uplift sporting activities in the state.

“Our offices are yours, and you are not to come here as strangers, we are not going to invite you, you are parts and parcel of our journey. You will be an integral part of whatever we are doing. We are also open to criticism, because we are going to learn from constructive criticisms. The offices are yours, please occupy it”. Chris Green admonished.

The Real Madrid Football Academy Boss harped on the Rivers state government’s aspirations on development of the Rivers youths through sports. He encouraged SWAN to support the Sports Commissioner to achieve what is expected of Rivers state to be the envy of other states in sports development in Nigeria and beyond.

“We have a governor who has the state in his heart. Rivers state ranks as one of the best that has provided for sports in terms of structure, infrastructure and personnel on the continent of Africa. The governor is willing to make Rivers state be at the zenith in the world of sports, and otherwise. Therefore, support the Commissioner for Sports to make sports grow in the state, show him what he don’t know” he stated.

 Okiri, while congratulating the newly-elected SWAN Rivers Executive said that the development of School’s Sports under his charge has partnered with SWAN Rivers, maintaining that the courtesy visit will cement the synergy already established.

He said that in line with the Gov. Wike’s expression of using the power of sports to develop Rivers youths, its promotion by SWAN will change the narrative of social vices in the Rivers state. 

Rivers SWAN SEC Members with Hon. Aribitonye Okiri at the center.

”You recalled that when we assumed office I invited SWAN here. It’s the thinking of our governor that we can use the power of sports effectively. We can use sports to bring the boys out of the streets and creeks, empower them, take them to new narratives that are befitting to Rivers people.”

He admonished the leadership of SWAN in Rivers state to be toleranct, and accommodate all members in scheme of things of the Association.

”We need your support to be at the top of our aspirations; for us to take the state to the highest echelon. I congratulate you all for the new responsibilities you assumed. Leadership is tasking, you need to show tolerance, patience and be dear to all, he cautioned..

Earlier in his speech, the SWAN Rivers Chairman, Udede Jim-Opiki assured their hosts that the new SWAN leadership under his watch will do everything possible to contribute its quota to the promotion and development of sports in Rivers state, especially discovering the raw tallents.

He thanked the them for the warm reception accorded his team, noting that SWAN Rivers has already saw itself as part and parcel of  their offices.

The SWAN chairman enjoined them to  relate to the Rivers state governor, SWAN’s Rivers heartfelt appreciation of his laudable efforts at developing sports and by extension Rivers youths. 


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