AKWA IBOM SWAN HOLDS INAUGURAL CONGRESS
…Constitutes Committee for Thanksgiving Service
Weeks after the successful election into executive positions in the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN, Akwa Ibom State Chapter, members on Tuesday, March 10 assembled at the Uyo Township Stadium for an Inaugural Congress.
The well attended Congress which was presided over by the chairman, Comrade Emmanuel Akpan for the first time had in attendance the SWAN Vice President, South South, Otuekong Bonny Nyong, Akwa Ibom State NUJ Chairman, Comrade Amos Etuk and former National Officer of SWAN and chairman of SWANECO 2020, Comrade Justice Udousoro.
Others were past chairmen of SWAN in Akwa Ibom, Comrades Ededem Akpan and Uwem Ekoh, among others.
Addressing the meeting, the State Chairman, Comrade Emmanuel AKpan thanked members for reposing confidence in them by voting them into offices in the last elections.
Comrade Akpan who was flanked by the Vice Chairman, Comrade Anthony Effiong, Secretary, Comrade Theophilus Udo, Treasurer, Comrade Patrick Titus and Financial Secretary, Enefiok Ndon particularly gave stakeholders of the union a pat on the back for standing firm to ensure that the election took place without unresolved hiccups.
The SWAN Chairman promised to carry all interest along in the administration of the union and called for ideas from members to help move the association forward.
Comrade Akpan charged members to place the interest of the Union above personal interest so as to help the association to achieve greatness.
The chairman lauded those who turned out enmasse for the first Congress since his inauguration into office and called for sacrifices even as he pledged to give priority to the welfare of members.
The Vice President, South South of SWAN, Otuekong Bonny Nyong urged members who were in one way or the other aggrieved as a result of the last election to bury their differences and join hands in the building process of SWAN in the State.
Otuekong Nyong declared his total support to Emmanuel Akpan led- government.
On his part, the State NUJ chairman, Comrade Amis Etuk expressed happiness that at last, Akwa Ibom SWAN has a leadership and prevailed on members to support the executive to succeed.
Other members who spoke including a one time National Secretary of SWAN, Dr. Sammy Etuk, comrade Godwin Akpan, comrade Etebong Akpan, comrade Uwem
Ekoh and comrade Justice Udousoro welcomed the new leadership and pledged unflinching support.
Meanwhile, in order to return thanks to God Almighty for His faithfulness, a Thanksgiving Service Committee was constituted and inaugurated by the chairman.
The committee headed by a two term chairman of SWAN, Comrade Uwem Ekoh has comrades Emem Okon and Edidiong Stephen as members.
As spelt out in the terms of reference, the committee is to work out modalities and put together a well packaged Thanksgiving service in the next few weeks.
Highpoints of the Congress were the presentation of documents to the SWAN Chairman by the chairman of SWANECO 2020 and distribution of 2020 membership Identity Cards to members.