Renowned sports administrator and former member of FIFA and CAF executive committee, Dr Amos Adamu has urged Nigerian sports administrators to see media practitioners as partners in sports development.
Adamu whose ingenuity ensured that Nigeria hosted first ever and successful All African Games (AAG) in 2003 tagged: ‘COJA’, recalled with nostalgia how sporting press were pivotal to laudable achievements recorded throughout his tenure at the helm of the defunct National Sports Commission (NSC), then Nigeria Football Association (NFA) and Ministry of Sports.
The erstwhile NSC boss, who gave the advice when the new executive committee members of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), FCT Chapter paid him a courtesy visit at his residence in Abuja, wondered why current managers of Nigeria’s sports prefer to go solo and engage all manner of individuals without requisite sporting background.
He, however, enjoined Youth and Sports minister, Barr Solomon Dalung and president of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick to deploy more proactive means of carrying out their functions.
“My best friends are Journalists. My philosophy in life is making friends rather than enemies because the truth is that no position of place is permanent.
“Sports are all about performance not ethnic or tribal consideration if you actually want to fulfill visible purpose. Sports anywhere in the world are media event.
“As a sports administrator, if you are going to any event especially when athletes and officials are involved, you must carry the media along. You can only do otherwise if you have something to hide. How will the public follow what happens anywhere in the world if Sports Writers are not there to talk about it? He questioned.
Earlier, FCT SWAN Chairman, Comrade Ndubueze Chidoka, applauded laudable contribution of Dr Adamu in Nigeria’s sports sector and advised him not to relent.
Chidoka used the opportunity to reiterate the readiness of Sports Writers in collaborating with willing corporate, government or individuals in advancing sports development in the country and beyond.
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