The Minister of Sports, Ibrahim Nyelenkeh has said that the Ministry of Sports will ensure approval of any project proposal from SWASAL, geared towards the improvement of sports in the country.
He made this statement when the new SWASAL executive paid a courtesy call on the Ministry of Sports, at Bishop House in Freetown.
He went further to thank SWASAL for a peaceful and transparent election process. He also expressed gratitude for the visit, describing the friendly partnership between the Ministry and SWASAL as ‘splendid’.
“Since I took up office, the Ministry has been supporting SWASAL and has been in a good relationship with the association, except for some reason(s) which led to slow down in communication. Our government is committed to improving Sports and the people around it, so we shall ensure and be pleased to support in any area” Minister Nyelenkeh said.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports S.O.Z Alghalie congratulated the new leadership of SWASAL and assured them of the Ministry’s commitment to partner with the association at any given opportunity.
Deputy Minister of Sports Kai Lawrence M’bayo also congratulated the Executive and specifically threw light on responsible reporting and journalism practices.
“The impact of responsible reporting shows patriotism. We have been seeing negative and bad reportage from some sports journalists and that’s is not patriotism. I trust that this body will ensure sports journalists report responsibly”, he noted.
SWASAL President, Sahr Morris Jr. while speaking on the association’s plan said, they intend to have a resource centre for sports reporting, reviving the national sports awards, creating opportunities for members to cover international matches on various sporting activities and capacity building for the association’s membership. He further explained that SWASAL has already engaged NSA to sign an MOU that will improve their relation.
Climaxing the visit, the SWASAL Executive presented a certificate of appreciation to the Ministry of Sports for and on behalf of the entire membership.