Lagos SWAN has paid a courtesy visit to the Nigeria Olympics Committee (N)C) Secretary General, Olabanji Oladapo, ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games holding in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Lagos SWAN Chairman, Debo Oshundun, said the visit was to thank the NOC for its support for its members interested in travelling to cover the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
“We are grateful for the assistance rendered to our members during their accreditation, approval and visa issuance. We will remember this for a long time because many of our interested members (young and old) got visas to cover one of the most prestigious multi-sports events on earth”.
As the nation countdown to the 2022 Commonwealth Games starting 28th, July, the Lagos SWAN leadership promised that its members will put Nigeria first in its reportage and focus on the exploits of the athletes.
“Our members are once again determined to put Nigeria first. The athletes are our top priorities. We want to tell their stories the best we can and project their activities to the world and Nigerians back home.
NOC scribe thanked the Lagos SWAN leadership for deeming it fit to visit him. He is optimistic that the cordial relationship between the NOC and Lagos SWAN leadership will continue to grow.
“No fewer than 731 Nigerian journalists applied for the accreditation, the highest we have ever had. A large number were declined and it took the intervention of the NOC and Commonwealth Games Federation to get the number eventually accredited to cover the games”, he said.
“I will appeal to journalists covering the games to project the image of the country positively. I also urge those travelling to adhere to the rules and regulations put in place by the organisers”.
“This has been a long time coming. On behalf of the President, Engr Habu Gumel, I would like to thank you for visiting us.”
The meeting also had Lagos SWAN Secretary, Bunmi Ogunyale and the association’s assistant secretary, Oni Afolabi in attendance.