The CEO of Kara City FC, Honourable Ekene Abubakar Adams has described the ongoing faceoff between the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) as unnecessary, charging both journalism institutions to embrace peace.
He made the appeal while speaking to newsmen after a meeting with SWAN members in Kaduna on Friday.
Adams said that the general public and sports stakeholders are worried about the unfortunate incident and its negative impact on information dissemination to Nigerians.
“I want to appeal that whatever the differences are are addressed headlong so that we can have the media as the fourth estate of the realm united on all fronts to effectively discharge their constitutional responsibilities,” he said.
Also speaking, Kaduna SWAN Secretary, Okpani Jacob Onjewu Dickson said that the issue that brought about the grievances was the amendment of the SWAN statutes at the triennial delegates conference in Port Harcourt in October 2019, which was in accordance to the old statutes, as captured on its last page.
“Before the statutes was amended, delegates from 33 states were present and unanimously agreed that the affiliation to NUJ be amended to give room for more membership of SWAN.
“It does not prevent SWAN members from being members of the NUJ. I am glad that some of our members who erroneously aligned with the NUJ to cause disaffection in our association are enlightened and in days to come, will have a better picture,” he said.
The meeting was summoned by the Kara City CEO, following some disagreement from some SWAN members, who misunderstood the spirit behind the amendment of the statutes.
A follow up meeting is billed for Monday, which is expected to have in attendance other key stakeholders.