By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has instituted the constitution of an Adhoc Welfare Committee in order to generate funds to enable palliatives for members. This was made known in a letter released to confirm the constitution of the committee by the association in charge of sports Journalists in Nigeria.
“Following the outbreak of CoronaVirus, the world is currently at a standstill. This has affected every facet human endeavor including Sports Journalism, consequently putting sports journalists through pains and hunger. Added to this, is the current lockdown instituted to check the spread of the pandemic in Nigeria among others.” The letter read.
In order to raise funds for members, SWAN instituted a five-man ad-hoc Welfare Committee for this purpose.
“In the view of this, the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has approved the
constitution of an Adhoc Welfare Committee to reach out to patrons and friends of the Association with a view to generating funds to enable palliatives for members. The members of the committee are; Adewale Ajayi (Chairman), Chidoka Ndubueze and Segun Ogunjimi (Secretary).” The letter concluded.
The outbreak of CoronaVirus (COVID-19) pandemic has led to the cancellation of major sports tournaments across Nigeria and worldwide leading to fewer events to cover by Sports Journalists. The lockdown order by the Federal Government of Nigeria which in Lagos, Ogun State and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) which was recently extended by another two (2) weeks after the initial two (2) weeks is exacerbating economic cataclysmic effect on Nigerian Sports Journalists.
It is hoped that the constitution of the ad-hoc Welfare Committee will go a long way in assuaging the plight of sportswriters in these hard times.
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