2nd December, 2010
Glowing tributes were paid to the late Emeka Enechi during the launching of a trustÂ fund held in memory of the former Chairman of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria,Â SWAN, Lagos State chapter.
Nigerian sports personalities, who were at the Media Centre of the NationalÂ Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, venue of the event, eulogised the late Enechi, saying heÂ played a prominent role in the development of sports in the country.
Enechi, who died last August at the age of 42 years, was eulogised by the MinisterÂ of Sports, Isa Bio, who was represented by the Liaison officer of the NationalÂ Sports Commission, NSC, Mrs. Tayo Oreweme.
Bio said the late Sports Editor of ThisDay Newspapers, was one of the great sportsÂ writers Nigeria ever had. He urged other sports journalists to emulate the lateÂ Enechi, who was a member of the Lagos State Sports Council, LSSC until his death.
The Commissioner for Sports in Lagos State, Prince Ademola Adeniji-Adele, theÂ chairman at the launch, said the late Enechi left his footprint in the sand of time,Â adding that his appointment into the board of the stateâ€™s sports council was notÂ because he was a sports journalist, but for what the government felt he couldÂ contribute to the upliftment of sports in the state.
Adele revealed that it was Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola who personallyÂ recommended him for the appointment.
He advised the board of Trust Fund, headed by former chairman of Lagos SWAN, FrankÂ Ilaboya, to immortalise him by organising an annualÂ memorial lecture for the lateÂ journalist.
Agboola Dabiri, Chairman of Lagos State Sports Council, LSSC, said he is yet to comeÂ to terms with the death of Enechi. In his words, the late Sports Editor of SportsDayÂ Newspapers was someone who was fond of making people around him happy.
Dabiri said the board would miss his hilarious contributions during its meetings. HeÂ however charged the personalities present at the launch to strive to make positiveÂ contribution anywhere they find themselves.
IlaboyaÂ expressed the foundationâ€™s appreciation to the participants at the eventÂ Â for their support and urged them to contribute their own quota to the realisation ofÂ the objective and aim of the Fund.
Over N5m was realised in cash and pledges at the end of the event.
The Late Enechi was survived by his wife, two kids and an aged mother.
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