Heads of various security agencies have described the proposed maiden edition of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN)/Security Football Tournament in Ogun state as welcome development towards strengthening existing relationship between security operatives in the state.
They stated this while receiving the executive members SWAN, Ogun State chapter in their offices in Abeokuta.
The Commandant, Nigerian Navy Secondary school, Onikoko, Abeokuta, Commander Jacinta Asetubobe said the initiative was laudable which she noted would also change the negative impression of the public towards the Navy Secondary school.
Commander Asetubobe who was represented by the acting deputy commandant, Lt. Commander Iyitayo Ayetiga Ebenezer also indicated their participation in the tournament.
“On behalf of the commandant we appreciate your coming. Nigerian Navy when it comes to issue of sports, that’s an area we are not left out, even to the headquarters level, sporting activities is what keep us fit.
“We have to maintain the fitness, I want to believe that without regular participation of sports, it will be difficult to maintain that fitness.
“To me, I want to say, it’s a very good development, it will go along way, to project our image, it is an idea to contribute the image of Nigerian Navy.”
Also, the National Coordinator of the harmonized Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN), Mr. Shola Shodiyan described sports as essential tool to promote peaceful co-existence in the society.
Mr. Shodiyan who commended SWAN executives for the desire and professionalism in promoting sports at the grassroots level said the VGN would participate actively in the forthcoming SWAN/ Security football competition in the state.
In his separate remark, the Director, Ogun state Fire Service, Engr. Fatai Adefala restated the determination of the service towards the success of the competition.
Adefala maintained that, there is need for regular exercise to ensure fitness of all security operatives in the state.
The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Corps Commander, Ahmed Umar lauded the initiative, saying it is a welcome development.
Earlier, the SWAN Chairman, Alhaji Hakeem Akintunde explained that the proposed tournament was borne of the association’s passion and desire to cement existing relationships among security agencies in the state.
Akintunde noted that, the competition will bring healthy rivalry among the security operatives and improve the physical and mental wellbeing of security operatives in Ogun state.