*As Kano SWAN launches maiden edition calendar
Second Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Mallam Shehu Dikko, has praised the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Kano chapter under the leadership of Mallam Idris Malikawa, for it positive reportage of sports at all level.
Dikko who made remark at the launch of the first edition of Kano state SWAN 2017 calendar said, “Malikawa is really trying to re-brand SWAN in Kano state since he came on board. Although, its really challenging but if you continue like this, Kano state would be more popular amongst other associations.”
Dikko declared the official launching of the calendar opened with N650,000 stating that “on behalf of the NFF we support the calendar with N200,000. And from the LMC N200, 000 while from my own end personally, N250,000.
Also, at the memorable event was chairman referees appointment committee of the NFF, Alhaji Ahmed Yusuf Fresh, who applauded the new face of SWAN in Kano state chapter through it chairman for giving the state a vista of hope since he came on board in September 2014.
Alhaji Fresh urged the rest 36 states association in SWAN to emulate what is happening in Kano as a launching pad.
“Mr chairman is working hard and with this great occasion that shows he has plans to move the association forward and I want to implore other member associations under the national SWAN leadership to take a cue from this revenue creation ‘lauching of its calendar’ as it would help the association in many ways to generate revenue from different sources.
Fresh also gave support to the association to the tune of N200, 000. He said, ‘on behalf of my humble self I want to bankroll your event with N100, 000 and from my beautiful wife and children N100, 000.’
Latter at the dinner/ award night Fresh was recognised with an award as a result of his developmental contributions to football, while Mallam Shehu Dikko received an award due to his monumental achievement since he became the LMC boss.
It would be recalled that SWAN was established in the year 1964, whilst the Kano state chapter came to prominence in 1972.