SWAN dismisses kangaroo NUJ meeting in Kano

By Jude Opara, Secretary on January 27, 2023


The attention of the leadership and members of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has been drawn to some news report in the Social Media over a position said to have been taken by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Special Delegates Conference held on the 24-27 January, 2023 in Kano, Kano State.
Ordinarily we would have ignored it, but for the erroneous impression such post would create in the minds of uninformed members of the public.
In the purported reports, the NUJ was alleged to have:
1. Passed a new law to supervise all activities of SWAN
2. That all SWAN elections must be supervised by NUJ
3. That the National President of SWAN should be addressed as Chairman among other resolutions.
While we do not bother ourselves with whatever decision or amendments that the NUJ carried out at Kano, it is however instructive to inform the public of the current status of SWAN as an independent association registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).
It would be unfortunate if, the NUJ having known our status will choose to engage in frivolous plans to regulate the activities of an association that operates independently with her own laws guiding its operations.
For hindsight, we have also read the NUJ Communique from the said Special Delegates Conference and none of the major resolutions from it mentioned SWAN. We must however warn that whether the omission of any decision on SWAN from the meeting was concealed from the communique for whatever reason or not, we are convinced that the NUJ having been aware of our independence cannot gather to make laws that will affect SWAN and her members; but where such is done, its effect cannot be binding on our members and will remain an exercise in futility.
We remain resolute in our desire to make SWAN more progressive and responsive to the ever changing times.
Members are advised to go about their statutory responsibilities in line with the SWAN Statute, as any Executive Committee member at any level of leadership whose actions contravene the Association's extant rules shall be made to face the wrath of the law.
We have however putting our lawyers and International collaborators, the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) on alert.


Source Daily Sports Nigeria

Posted January 27, 2023


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