It was commendation galore after members of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) FCT chapter took delivery of palliatives from the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) at weekend.
One after the other, over 100 sporting media practitioners in the nation’s capital trooped out between Saturday May 23 and Monday May 25 2020, to the popular old parade ground and received packages made possible by the FCT Minister, Musa Bello Mohammed and Minister of State Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu.
Items received by members included bags of rice, cash and face masks.
While FCTA donated bags of rice, popular international football agent, Ayotunde Adelakun, and SWAN FCT Chairman, Comrade Ndubueze Chidoka, doled out cash and face masks respectively.
In his commendation message, Comrade Chidoka said despite being among those who decided to put smiles on the faces of sports Journalists in the Federal Capital, he was particularly elated by the gestures from the current FCT administration.
The SWAN leader in Abuja noted that the strategy deployed by the FCT Covid-19 team has been top notch.
“I must commend the FCT administration being led by the visionary Ministers. Available statistics used in measuring how each State or area managed resources at their disposal judiciously, nshows that FCT has been outstanding. They leadership has been so organised.
“I personally observed various points at which palliatives were given out, I must say that other states in Nigeria should emulate what has been done in the nation’s capital.
“We are particularly grateful to Mr. Adelakun who is not even in Nigeria, but deemed it fit to reach out to members of the fourth estate of the realm. We will not forget.”
Other members of the association including Salifu Usman of Leadership Newspapers, who is also FCT SWAN Treasurer and Joel Ajayi of Aljazirah Newspapers showered encomiums on the administration and Mr. Adelakun for identifying with the media at this difficult time.
For the Vice chairman of the association, Tolulope Oguntimehin of Independent Television (ITV), “the donations would go a long way in cushioning the effects of Covid-19 challenges among members.”