The sport media group, which comprised sports reporters, photographers, freelancers, editors as well as veteran and honorary members, said they believed the appointments of Mr. Horatio ‘Bobby’ Willie, Albert Jaja, and Isaac Yeah signal a new day for the organization and the country at large.
Mr. Horatio Willie, who served as Vice President for SWAL was appointed Assistant Ministers for Public Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Willie during his hey days in sports in the 2000s, was the proprietor and managing editor of the Sports Monitor Newspaper and lately served as the Sports Editor for Star Radio (104 FM).
The President seconded Mr. Albert Jaja, as Assistant Information Minister for Information Services at the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism. His fate is expected to be decided this week by the Liberian Senate upon recommendation from the Senate Committee on Information.
Mr. Jaja, who many regarded as a “Robust Sports Analyst,” lately served as Sports Editor for the Renaissance Communication Incorporated (RCI), a conglomeration of radio, TV and newspaper.
The SWAL former President, Mr. Isaac C. Yeah, was named Minister Counselor for Press and Public Affairs, Embassy of Liberia-Paris, France/ European Union. Mr. Yeah is an experienced and versatile sports analyst, and was a good football (soccer) commentator. He served as Sports Producer, Editor and Presenter of the DC 101.1 Radio.
“SWAL has at the same time called on its former officials to perform their duties with diligence,” the release said.
2012 Membership Drive
Meanwhile, SWAL will officially launch its 2012 membership drive this Friday, which starts at 12¬:00noon.
Categories of the SWAL membership include, institution, full, associate and affiliate.
A SWAL release said the ceremony to the official launch of the membership drive will take place at the headquarters of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) on Clay Street.
Former SWAL Vice President, now Assistant Information Minister-Designate for Information Services, Albert Jaja, will officially launch the initiative.
Other past and present leaders of SWAL are expected to grace the occasion.
SWAL urged its members to take advantage of the process and has also called other sports journalists who are not members of the organization to get involved.
However, the local sports writing body has warned that individuals and institutions outside its current membership will be thoroughly scrutinized before getting the nod into the organization.