As part of efforts to reduce the effects of the COVID -19 Pandemic on sports journalists in the state, The Lagos government, through the state Sports Commission and the management of O’jeez Entertainment have distributed palliatives to Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (Lagos SWAN)
Each of the over 250 Lagos SWAN members got bags of 5kg rice, 5kg bags of beans, 5kg of semolina/noodles, 2 liters of groundnut oil, and hand sanitisers.
Director General of the Lagos State Sports Hon Oluwatoyin Gafaar, said the initiative was meant to cushion the effect of the pandemic on friends of the commission.
“This is in line with what Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has been doing to relief the citizens during this difficult period and SWAN Lagos being our immediate constituency.
We have no option than to extend the gesture and support to the association. We have a lot of plans for Lagos SWAN members and as we move forward together, we will seek ways to support them” he said.
Receiving the paliatives on behalf of members, Lagos SWAN Chairman, Debo Oshundun, thanked the governor for the kind gesture.
“You know in any given situation, journalists are at the receiving end. People always say journalism is a thankless job.
Even during the lockdown that people were at home, we were still working.
We had discussions with the sports commission on the need to support sports journalists.
So, the state government, through the sports commission gave us palliatives to cushion the effect of the COVID -19 pandemic on our members,” he assertee.
The chairman also expressed gratitude to the Management of O’ Jeez for their remarkable assistance.
”We also have to thank O’Jeez for fumigating SWAN Secretariat inside the National Stadium, Surulere.
O’Jez also provided face-masks and some food items for our members,” he said.
Oshundun said that the association provided boxes of Honeywell products for members.
“It’s tough for everybody, but this is what we have to do as an exco for our members to ameliorate the economic effect of the pandemic.
What matters to me as Chairman is the welfare of our members and in anyway or form that we can achieve that with the support of my exco, that’s what we do.
We’ve been partner in progress with the Lagos State Sports Commission and by extension, the Lagos State Government.
We’ve had good relationship with them, even before my coming to office.
We will continue to strengthen the relationship and make progress together,” he added.