Akwa Ibom SWAN pledges partnership with Parasoccer
…Names Media Officer
In a bid to ensure optimal success of the various sports associations inaugurated by the Akwa Ibom State Government, the Akwa Ibom State chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN is embarking on an assessment tour.
The tour also seeks to ascertain the challenges faced by the different sports associations with the aim of fashioning out the way forward for the development of sports in Akwa Ibom State.
On Monday, November 16, 2020, the chairman of SWAN in Akwa Ibom, Comrade Emmanuel Akpan led members of the executive to the Secretariat of Akwa Ibom Parasoccer Association.
The SWAN executive was received by the association’s chairperson, Evangelist C.T Essien.
At the event, Evangelist Essien described Parasoccer as a medal scoring game, capable of engaging the over ten thousand disabled in the state positively.
Evangelist Essien who called for the revival of the sport said doing so would offer opportunity for a number of Paraplegics to be trained in order to become relevant to themselves and others.
Evangelist C.T Essien who is the head of Akwa Ibom State Parasoccer Association thanked the State Government for giving Parasoccer a face, stating that the team has over the years feature in National sports Festivals and other Competitions outside the state and country.
Evangelist Essien appealed for training pitch for Parasoccer, mobility aids and technical support to enable the team to thrive.
According to her, Parasoccer has remained a game of hope for the disabled and lucrative if well funded.
She heaped praises on the chairman of SWAN, Comrade Emmanuel Akpan for visiting the association for partnership.
Responding, the Chairman, Sport Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN, comrade Emmanuel Akpan expressed delight at the dedication of Evangelist Essien in taking parassocer to another height.
Comrade Akpan said the state government is committed to the development of other sports other than football, assuring of SWAN’S readiness to promote sport in the state.
The SWAN chairman used the occasions to announce Comrade Emem Okon as the new Media Officer of Parasoccer association.