The Lagos State Chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) is beginning to feel a breath of fresh relief as the newly elected Chairman of the chapter, Olatutu Oladunni, rolled out the plans of the executive for the year 2023.
Oladunni revealed these while addressing members of the Lagos Chapter during a session recently held at the SWAN Secretariat at the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos.
Topmost on the agenda unveiled was the need for members to have opportunity to be trained and retrained through seminars and workshops which would enable media practitioners in the state to be well equipped with certain knowledge in their field of practice.
“We are going to organise series of seminars for the betterment of our members and other sports stakeholders in the course of this administration,” she said.
She also revealed that Lagos SWAN has concluded plans to create a corporate website that would soon be functional and accessible to members, as this would ease the administrative running of the association.
“We have plans for our members and part of the plans is to make our website accessible to all the members. The website is currently under construction. Our members will have the opportunity of contributing to the website and professional inputs in terms of content development” she added.
In addition, Lagos’ SWAN has produced special designed SWAN sports jersey which will be made available to members at affordable price.
Olatutu Oladunni who is a member of Diplomatic Protocol Professionals in Nigeria emphasized the need to integrate sports with the diplomatic. She said there are some foreign policies in international diplomacy that enhance bilateral relationships and bilateral trades which SWAN members must key into.
Oladunni noted that sports protocol is also very vital as there are many fruitful and productive opportunities embedded in protocols.
“It’s not only travelling to the World Cup or getting accredited for international tournaments, but this exposes us to international ethics and diplomacy that will advance the course of standard professional practice and also enhance the relevance of corporate communication ethics amongst us which many do not understand nor knows nothing about.
“As a media professional, versatility is very important, and one must tap into the dynamic attributes of the profession.
“Another thing that we will be having is the annual calendar for Lagos SWAN members. This goes a long way to give better relevance, recognition and authentication about our personality as a professional body. As member of Lagos State chapter and as a journalist. It definitely goes in line with record and data reference ahead of the future.
“Some notable and relevant events that will be in line with socio-economic wellbeing of the nation and our immediate environment will be introduced that will attract credible personalities from other professional spheres shall commence and gradually more details will be unveiled about this innovation very soon,” the chairman said.
She, however, urged members of Lagos SWAN to support the executive committee for it to achieve its set objectives.
She however appealed to members to imbibe corporate ethics “as this will help the personality of the association in many ways and also heighten our relevance anywhere, we are present.”