Ooni canvasses promotion of local sport
Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has advised the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), to give more attention to local sports in their report with a view to promoting local sports.
He gave the advice in his palace in Ile-Ife, when the Osun state chapter of SWAN inducted him as the Patron of the association, on Wednesday.
Presenting the Ooni with the honour in his palace, the Osun Chairman of SWAN, Mr Adeyemi Aboderin said the traditional ruler was being honoured and inducted, as recognition for his cause of championing unity and peace among Nigerians.
Aboderin said, in addition to championing unity, the Ooni was also being recognised for his passion and investment in sports and believe in youths empowerment, being noble ideas and objectives the association wishes to align with.
While accepting the investiture, the Ooni said he was accepting the position because of the leadership quality and ideas being displayed by the new SWAN executives.
He said the role occupied by the media was priceless, having the powers to turn things around, as well as promoting sports development.
He, however, task the sports writers to concentrate and report more local sports and events, stressing that giving foreign sporting activities and leagues too much coverage is another form of second colonisation.
Speaking at the induction event, the National Chairman of SWAN, Mr Honour Sirawoo said the association was proud to have the Ooni as the royal patron of the association in the state.
Sirawoo said SWAN was out to promote sports development and help diversification of the country’s economy through sports.
He said sport can be an alternative to oil revenue generation and said that the ideas and aims of the Ooni were in line with the association’s sport development indices.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of a plaque and medal by the National and State Chairmen of SWAN to the Ooni as the association state patron.
By Lateef Dada, Osogbo