The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has set up a three-man committee to investigate the association’s financial indebtedness to the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) and complaints from members over non-receipt of 2014-2016 cards after payment.
The investigation became necessary following correspondence received from AIPS on the association’s financial status and submission by the immediate-past NEC alleging embezzlement of monies paid for AIPS cards.
The committee has Mr Patrick Omorodion, a former Deputy National President of the association, as Chairman, Mr Bonny Nyong, a former Chairman of the association’s Akwa Ibom state chapter, as member, and Alhaji Yusuf Isah, a National Ex-Officio Member, as Secretary.
The committee, which has 21 days to complete its task, is to look into how the debt was incurred since it largely emanated from the issuance of AIPS cards, which are usually paid for beforehand by the applicants.
It is also to identify those responsible for the indebtedness, verify the submission of the immediate past NEC, and recommend ways of retrieving the card fees paid by members.
It would be recalled that the SWAN NEC had on February 28, 2017 at its Emergency Meeting in Port Harcourt directed the association’s National Secretariat to set up the committee.
This was after it had deliberated on the association’s indebtedness to AIPS, which was in thousands of US dollars, and the receipt of a letter from the immediate past NEC alleging embezzlement of over N800,000 which had resulted largely from the non-remittance of ID card fees issued before the present leadership came on board.
The debt profile had also shown that part of it was incurred on behalf of the association without the knowledge of its leadership between July 13, 2016 when it came on board and November 2016.
Olawale Lawanson Alabi