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SWAN, a major stakeholder in nation building – Don

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A university lecturer, Professor Peter Esuh, says the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria is a major stakeholder in sports development and in nation- building. Professor Esuh stated this in a paper titled “Sports development and nation building: the role of sWAN” presented at the opening ceremony of the 54th National Full Council Meeting of SWAN holding in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

According to him, “to understand the role of SWAN in nation building, we must appreciate our developmental strides and acknowledge sports indices to the growth of the country.

“The mainstay of Sports Writers Association in nation building must be assessed from its role in the overall development of sports in the area of partnership with local, state, federal and private concerns, contribution to sports policy development, professional and ethical issues, sports institutions, sporting infrastructure, sports programmes, facilities, funding, promotion and regulation of sports/regulatory institutions and enabling laws.”

He stressed that the association had brought about the development and transformation of sports in Nigeria, especially in relation to employment, wealth and revenue generation for media houses, individuals, sports stakeholders and government.

Esuh, who is also a Professor of Marketing Communications And Applied Rhetoric in the Department of Communication Arts, University of Uyo explained that SWAN’s activities had direct and indirect bearing on the economy of Nigeria, in addition to helping to fight corruption in high places and exposing decay in our sporting polity.

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