The Sport Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) in Ondo State has hailed the State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu Aketi, SAN, for his amiable contributions towards sports development in the state.
The Association particularly commended the efforts of the Akeredolu administration in the areas of volleyball, hockey, table tennis, long tennis, wrestling, football and the overall development of sporting activities in the state.
Speaking during a courtesy visit to the Governor in his office at Alagbaka, Akure, the state capital, the chairman of the Association in the state, Wahab Bankole, said the interventions of the Governor have made it possible for the state’s athletes and players to record string of successes in various sporting activities in and outside the country.
Bankole also announced the decision of the association to honor the Governor as a life patron of Ondo SWAN, in recognition of his commitment to the development of sports in the state.
He said the conferment of the honour will take place in March during the Ondo SWAN 2020 retreat.
The association particularly commended the Tennis club of First Lady, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, describing it as a lofty idea.
In his response, Governor Akeredolu, who thanked SWAN members for the visit, said whatever achievement the state has been able to record in sports should be ascribed to the efforts of the athletes and the players.
The Governor said the Tennis Club is a project that the First Lady takes very seriously and which has produced many champions amongst the young ones.
The Association, during the visit, presented a compendium of the sporting activities of the governor since his assumption of office to the number one citizen of the state as a souvenir.