Plateau state governor, Simon Bako Lalong, has approved the appointment of Blueprint Managing Editor, Mr. Clem Oluwole, to the 14-member Board of the state’s Sports Council. Mr. Oluwole, a veteran sports journalist and football administrator, last served on the same board in 1978. An authority on Plateau sports, he was the pioneer chairman of the Standard FC of Jos better known as Pen Powers, which later metamorphosed to Plateau United.
He ran the affairs of the club between 1976 and 1981 during which the outfit set a record by producing 12 national players; six in the Green Eagles and six in the Flying Eagles, between the late 70s and early 80s. He also served on different sporting associations.
He was vice chairman, Plateau Boxing Association; member, Plateau Football Association (PFA) and member, Plateau Task Force for Kwara ’85 Sports Festival led by the then Major Olagunsoye Oyinlola.
In December 1977, he founded the Plateau state chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) which was famed for giving directions to the state as well as the country on sports-related matters.
Between 1975 and 1983, he ran a highly respected weekly sports column “Saturday Commentary” in the Plateau state-owned newspaper, The Nigeria Standard, which was a reference point for sports administrators particularly in the state and Nigeria in general. Oluwole, whose passion for sports has not been corrupted despite being fiercely involved in other media activities, is expected to bring his wealth of experience to bear on his assignment in his second coming.