By Emmanuel Afonne
The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), FCT Chapter, has secured a three-year partnership deal with Ratels Football Club and its Chairman, Paul Edeh.
Ikenna Okonkwo, Secretary, SWAN FCT, in a statement said that the deal was announced in Abuja on Thursday when the SWAN executive, led by Ndubueze Chidoka, visited the football mogul in his office.
Edeh, who is also a lawyer based in Abuja, is the sole financier of two female clubs – Ratels FC and Honey Badgers.
He congratulated the association for organising a successful election that ushered in a new leadership, and assured SWAN of his continuous partnership.
He said, “Our partnership with SWAN FCT was due to the diligence and sincerity of its Chairman, Ndubueze Chidoka.
“The documents available to me show that the election that produced the new leadership is evident that the Sports Writers in FCT are behind you.
“The congratulatory letter from the National body is a further affirmation.”
He said: “My advice to all Nigerians and indeed, sports writers, is to always find factors that unite us more than any other thing; there must be a meeting ground.
“My entrance into sports is to seek a platform that will best unite us as a people. I established Ratels sports development foundation to further actualise this purpose.
“I know that at this embryonic stage you will be having some teething problem trying to go round, seeking for support to be able to achieve your goals.
“I will want to host the entire SWAN membership in the nearest future and I will dedicate myself to giving SWAN FCT a lifeline in the next three years in the form of a cash donation which will start this year.
“Expect from Ratels Sports Development foundation 500,000 naira every year which amounts to N1.5 million for three years,” Edeh said.
Earlier, SWAN FCT Chairman, Chidoka hailed the genuineness and commitment of Edeh in human capital improvement using his personal resources.
Chidoka assured that the welfare of SWAN members would be a top priority of his leadership and must strive to keep the association as one.
SWAN FCT Vice Chairman, Salifu Usman; Secretary Ikenna Okonkwo, Treasurer Ayodeji Makinde, Financial Secretary Muhyideen Jimoh and Welfare Officer Busayo Olowokere, including former SWAN FCT Chairman, Tony Ezimako, were part of the visit. (NAN)