The National council of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria has officially installed Chief Donatus Agu Ejidike as Nigeria’s Pillar Of Sports.
Speaking after the investiture, at Bovina Hotels in Ilorin, Kwara State, Chief Ejidike promised to invest both time and money into other sports.
An elated Nigeria pillar of sports admonished well placed individuals and the private sector to do more than paying lip-service to the development of sports in the country. “Sports worldwide has become progressively capital intensive,” the multiple award winning businessman cum sports philanthropist stated.
Ejidike, who also doubles as the President of the Karate Federation of Nigeria, promised to work closely with SWAN to further champion the cause of sports in Nigeria.
The National President of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Mallam Saidu Abubakar lamented the many crises facing the nation’s sporting industry, urging concerned individuals to put national interest before every other thing.
He also charged the new Pillar of Sports not to neglect any segment in sports with a view to seeing himself as the father to all professionals in the industry, even as he commended him for providing SWAN members across the country with Life Insurance cover as well as the donation of an 18-seater Hilux bus to the association.
In his remarks, the Director of Sports in the Kwara State Ministry Sports and Development, Coach Tunde Kazeem advised the new Nigeria Pillar of Sports to take the challenge ahead of him as enormous, stressing that his first point of assignment should be targeted at the forthcoming Rio Olympics 2016.
Coach Kazeem therefore advocated for supports from Nigerians especially philanthropists to rally round Chief Ejidike towards the actualization of his mandate of promoting Sporting activities in the country.