Former Reps' Speaker Charges Sports Writers To Invest In Their Future - EDU-BIZNEWS


Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Former Reps' Speaker Charges Sports Writers To Invest In Their Future

A former Speaker, House of Representatives, Right Honourable Dimeji Bankole has asked sports writers in the country to begin to invest in acquiring property, in order to secure   their future after retirement from the profession . 

Bankole speaking on Tuesday in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital at the commissioning of SWAN Estate by the Ogun state chapter of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) in Kobape area, commended the initiative of the SWAN Executive in the state for providing affordable land for their members.

He enjoined sports journalists to save for their future by investing in such initiative "This is a lofty idea. I want to commend the SWAN executive for facilitating this enduring legacy project.

"Nobody believes journalists especially sports writers can plan for this kind of monumental project. That is why I want to charge others journalists who have not gotten their land to do so now.", Bankole charged.

" You need to invest in yourselves and your future now, because if you don't, nobody will do that for you. Invest now when you still have the energy to run around,"he further stated. 

The State Chairman of SWAN, Alhaji Hakeem Akintunde explained that the establishment of the SWAN Estate was to care for the welfare of his members in the state.

Akintunde urged all members of the association and other journalists in the state to avail themselves the opportunity.

Other dignitaries who spoke at the ground breaking event are the Olu of Kobape, Oba Olufemi Alani Taylor, former SWAN National Secretary, Wale Alabi, former NUJ Zonal Secretary, Zone D, Dimeji Kayode-Adedeji, CEO Splash Estate, Victor Eniola Mark among others. 

The commissioning of the estate is part of activities, marking the 2020 week of SWAN which continues today (Wednesday) with a novelty match between Team SWAN and their Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) counter-part at the practising pitch of the MKO Abiola International Stadium in Kuto,Abeokuta.

On Thursday, there will be a Gala and Award Nite at the Conference hall of the Continental Suite in Ibara, Abeokuta from 5pm where the association will honour some distinguished personalities for their contributions to development of sports in the country.

The 2020 Ogun State SWAN week was declared open by the State Federal Commissioner, Hon. Isiaq Akinlade last Monday, December 21 at the Cinema hall of the Continental Suite, where the General Manager of the Lagos City Marathon and former Olympiad, Dr.Yusuff Ali decried Nigeria too much dependence on elite athletes for major competitions.

Ali , the former long jumper with several Africa and Nigeria records, speaking as the quest speaker on the theme"The Downturn of Nigeria's Athletic Fortunes", stressed the need for government to initiate policy to ensure compulsory inclusion of athletics in both primary and secondary schools to discover more talents and nurture them to stardom. 

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