Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has congratulated Mr Honour Sirawoo on his emergence as the president of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN).
Sirawoo emerged as new SWAN President on Wednesday unopposed at the national delegates conference held in Ilorin and he alongside newly elected officers will run the association for the next three years.
Wike, in a congratulatory message also urged Sirawoo to use his new office to promote professionalism in sports reporting in the country.
He described Sirawoo as a committed sports journalist and unionist who had worked hard, over the years, to develop sports writing profession.
Wike urged Sirawoo to live up to the expectations of SWAN members by serving as a worthy ambassador of Rivers State as well.
Also in a congratulatory message, the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, Mr Felix Obuah described Sirawoo’s victory as historic, as he became the first person from the South-South geopolitical zone to be elected SWAN national president.
Obuah, who is also the president, and Sole sponsor of Go-Round FC, the 2016 Rivers FA Champions expressed confidence that Sirawoo would make the state proud given his wealth of experience in the sports writing fraternity having served as Chairman of SWAN in Rivers State as well as National Vice President, South-South Zone.
“I have no doubt whatsoever that this experienced and hard working sports writer would make us proud and justify his choice for the enviable position. Sirawoo’s emergence is one of the best things to happen to Rivers State and I make bold to say he is a square peg in a square hole,” the Rivers State pillar of sports said in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Jerry Needam.