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Ogun State Commissioner for Information and strategy, Waheed Odusile has told sport writers in the State to not stunt their growth in journalism by reporting sports alone.
Odusile made this known while declaring open the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Ogun State chapter week open in Abeokuta, the State capital.
According to him because of the distinctive nature of sport reporting most of sport writers in Nigeria have had their growth in journalism stunted based on the fact that they chose to be sport reporters alone.
The information Commissioner noted that in the country only few sport writers/editors in the country rise to leading their various news rooms.
He called on sport writers in the country and in the State to venture into other areas and arms of journalism.
He also urged the SWAN in the state to do something in the area of training or capacity building for their members so as to help them improve in their various field.
His words, ” I want to say this because of the distinctive nature of sport reporting most of our members have had their growth in journalism stunted based on the fact that they chose to be sport reporters.It shouldn’t be like that.
“Sport reporting should not stop you from excelling in journalism.
“Let us not stunt our growth by restricting ourselves to sport reporting alone, sport writing is just another arm of journalism.
“I want to enjoin our members that apart from venturing into other forms of journalism even within SWAN you should develop themselves
The Chairman of the SWAN in the State, Mr Akeem Akintunde in his address said that there is need for policy makers to make legislation that will promote sports in the country.
According to him this legislation will harness equity and greater participation in the sector.
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