RIVERS State Governor Nyesom Wike has said he is focusing on sports because they play a unifying and binding role in the country.
Wike said this on Wednesday in Port Harcourt when the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria revalidate the position of the governor as its sole patron.
Wike pledged that he would not relent on the development of sports because it has remained an instrument for the unity of the country.
He said, “One thing that unites the country is sports. Anybody who believes in the unity of the country has no option but to support sports.”
Wike commended SWAN for promoting sports in Nigeria and urged the association to remain focused in sports development to the advantage of the country.
SWAN National President, Mr. Honour Sirawoo, said 19 out of the 22 members of the National Executive Committee voted in favour of the exercise (revalidating the position of the governor as SWAN’s sole patron).
Sirawoo said SWAN had to embark on the revalidation of their patrons, because many of them were no longer functional.
He said, “Governor Wike is the only authentic SWAN patron. What he has done for sports development is fantastic.
“This is a call for greater service to the association. We rely on our patrons to play our role in sports development.”
Former SWAN national presidents, Saidu Abubakar, Olu Amadasun and Steve Alabi, in their separate remarks, said Wike merited the honour by the National Executive Committee of the association.