Mr. Isaiah Benjamin Emerges As The New SWAN President As Felix Obuah Becomes National Patron

Benjamin Isaiah of Kaduna State has emerged President of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN).

Isaiah polled 16 votes while Sodiq Abubakar Moyoyo had 6 votes in the National Triennial Delegates Congress ‘Rivers 2023’ held at the Krisdera hotel in Omoku, Rivers state.

The elected officers into the National Executive Committee will be sworn in tomorrow Friday, July 14, 2023.

Erstwhile Chairman of SWAN, Kaduna Chapter and newly elected SWAN president, Mr. Isaiah Benjamin, expressed his gratitude to the National Executive Committee (NEC) of SWAN during his acceptance speech.

“I am indeed humbled by this show of solidarity and love, when it is often said that powers belong to God and gives it to whoever he wishes, this is certainly a confirmation of God’s doing through all the delegates to this triennial Congress, I gesture I don’t take forgranted.
I therefore wish to first and foremost thank God for this opportunity to serve.

Let me also most sincerely and respectivefully commend and appreciate the National Executive Committee (NEC) under the pragmatic leadership of Sir Dr. Honour Sirawoo who has laid a very solid foundation for which we are trusting God to build upon going forward.

I must also commend the National Election Committee (SWANECO) for committedly seeing to the realization of this day. Adhering strictly to the provisions of the statutes without compromise it is equally commendable and I say a big thank you to the committee.

Although their decision and adherance to the statutes was not favourable to a number of those who showed desire to contribute their quota to the growth and development of the association, I wish to humbly appeal that they take it in good faith though painful. Whatever opportunity they fail to get today can always be gotten in the nearest future.

I wish to appeal to them that this aadminstration for which I have been given the mandate to lead will run an all inclusive and open government and their wealth of experience individually and collectively will be sought to move the association forward, and like I said in one of my posters during the electioneering campaigns, ‘together we can do it’s God helping us.

Am not unaware that some of our members may be aggrieved rightly or wrongly but whatever it is, my desire is to run a stronger and more united SWAN, and towards achieving this, I will engage in genuine reconciliation of those members aggrieved for whatever reason so that together we can all be on the same page.

Let me not bore you with too much take but to finally assure you one and all that I will not let down this confidence reposed on me God helping me.

I wish us all journey mercies to our respective states and kindly convey my best wishes to your loved ones, as we look forward to your contributions and suggestions that will add value to the administration of this our great Association.

Thank you for listening and God bless you all.” Isaiah Benjamin concluded.

Meanwhile, the chairman of Go-Round Football Club of Port Harcourt, Bro. Felix Obuah, has been named the National Patron of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria.

The honour was bestowed on Obuah on Thursday afternoon, July 13, 2023, by the outgoing President of SWAN, Honour Sirawoo, before the commencement of the 2023 SWAN Delegates Conference.

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