The Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) President, Kwabena Yeboah and national executives of the association on Saturday, March 14, 2020 officially inaugurated the Eastern Regional branch.
The program was brought together by sports journalists in the Regional Capital [Koforidua] and other towns such as Nkawkaw, Akim Oda, Kade, Bunso, Adukrom, Somanya, Asamankese, Afram plains and others.
Some Executive Council members of SWAG, Charles Osei Asibey (General Secretary), Thomas Boakye Agyemang (Deputy General Secretary), Sometymer Otuo Acheampong (Executive member), Isaac Appau Gyasi (MCE for New Juaben South) and CEO of Ghana Free Zones Authority were among dignitaries that graced the occasion at the conference hall of Bedtime Hotel.
The eastern regional branch is the fourth regional body of SWAG to be inaugurated after Volta, Ashanti and Brong Ahafo Regions.
The establishment of the Regional branches of the association forms part of efforts by SWAG to make the association vibrant nationwide and mobilise practicing sports journalists under its umbrella.
The Eastern Regional branch is under the leadership of Kwaku Sarpong Sarkodie [chairman], Eugene Kumi [vice chairman], Kwasi Baah Duodu [secretary], Israel Osei Asante [Dep. Secretary], Ferdinand Akuffo [Treasurer], Kenneth Oliver [Organiser], and Benjamin Akoto [Executive member].
They have a two-year mandate.
Inaugurating the branch, ace broadcaster, Kwabena Yeboah said that SWAG, as part of its membership drive to bring more professionalism into sports journalism, will inaugurate the Western, Northern Region and other branches soon, so that practicing sports journalists across the country would benefit from being members of the parent body and by extension the world body, the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) for international recognition.
Mr Yeboah said SWAG’s key is ‘Education and Training’ as he believed sports journalism had become so competitive and hence he can’t afford to allow members to carry untrue information on air.
“Sports Journalism has become very very competitive and it is important that we get educated sports journalists; so for us education and training is the speedily key.
“We cannot continue to sit on air and spew out any kind of information that will not elevate the profession to the level that we want to see,” he said.
The ace commentator thereafter noted the need for unity and professionalism to ensure the Association reap its prime benefits.
“Let’s come together as one group to expand the frontier of the sports journalism in the country. As a sports journalist, yours is to be as professional as possible and as objective and principled as possible,” Mr Yeboah admonished.
Isaac Appau Gyasi, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of New Juaben South municipal Assembly also advised sports journalists in the Region to be constructively fair on issues to affirm the FA’s aspirations.
“I urge everyone to criticize constructively with fairness on issues to help promote our game as far as #BringBackTheLove# slogan is in line,” he stressed.
SWAG is noted for honouring sports excellence annually through the annual SWAG Awards and the prestigious SWAG Cup which is often contested among the top football clubs in Ghana annually.
Source: Ghana | Angelfmonlinegh.com | Samuel Sackey