The Honourable Minister of Sports and Youth Development Chief Sunday Dare will be honoured in his home state, Oyo, on Monday as the 2021 edition of the annual Week of the Sports Writers’ Association of Nigeria, Oyo State Chapter kicks off in Ibadan.
The Minister, who is to declare the SWAN Week open at the NUJ Press Centre, Iyaganku, Ibadan, will be conferred with an award of honour at the event in appreciation of his valuable contributions to the development of Sports in Nigeria.
According to Niyi Alebiosu, the Oyo SWAN Chairman, and the Association’s Secretary, Adewale Tijani, the opening ceremony of this year’s Oyo SWAN Week will also feature a lecture titled ‘Taking Nigeria Sports to the Next Level Through School Sports Reform’ will be delivered by the President, School Sports Federation, Mrs Olabisi Joseph.
Aside the lecture, other programmes lined up for the Week, which holds between 13th and 19th of December 2021, will include table tennis tournament, five-a-side football competition and a dinner/award nite, where other eminent Nigerians will also bag awards for their supports to the society and Oyo SWAN as a body.
Among the dignitaries to be honoured are the former Chief Press Secretary to Late Governor Lam Adesina, Alhaji Kehinde Olaosebikan, the Chairman, Oyo State Road Transport Management Agency (OYRTMA) Mogaji Akin Fagbemi, the General Manager Shooting Stars Sports Club, Alhaji Rasheed Balogun, the Chairman Nigeria Judo Federation, Dr Musa Oshodi, the Chairman Ibadan Football Association, Barrister Rotimi Alli as well as the Chairman Oyo State Table Tennis Association Mr Soji Tayo.
Others shortlisted for Oyo SWAN awards are the General Manager, Oyo State Sports Council Mr Gboyega Makinde, the Chairman Ogbomoso United FC Mr Akinwole Akinwale, the Shafaudeen in Islam Worldwide Founder who is also the owner of Shafaudeen Patriots FC, Professor Sabitu Ariyo Olagoke J.P and the Chief Executive Officer of Absolute Success Travels, Evangelist Ajibola Ogunkeyede.
The dinner/award nite, rounding off the weeklong celebrations, will come up on December 19 at Joy-Bam Hotel and Suites, Orita Challenge, Ibadan.