Abuja - Director –General of the National Sports Commission Gbenga Elegbeleye and the Chairman of Senate Committee on Sports, Adamu Gumba were among the first prominent Nigerians to commiserate with the Nigeria Football Federation over a fire outbreak in the Glass House on Wednesday morning.
Both leading figures spoke when a team led by NFF President, Aminu Maigari called at their offices to inform them of the fire disaster.
Elegbeleye thanked God that no life was lost in the morning incident, which started with smoke spiraling out of one of the offices on the second floor before it became uncontrollable.
“We commiserate with you over this disaster but we are grateful to God that no life was lost. Our hope and prayer is that this should not have any serious effect on the programmes of the NFF,” Elegbeleye said.
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Senator Gumba spoke in similar vein, even as he congratulated Maigari and his team for overcoming the recent crisis that threatened to tear Nigeria football apart.
Responding, Maigari assured that he had personally assessed the impact of the fire outbreak and that the programmes of the NFF and Nigeria football will not be affected.
“It is sad but we still have to be grateful to Almighty Allah. For one, no life was lost, and also, the impact is such that though a few offices including the General Secretary’s office were affected, this is not enough to affect any of our programmes.
“All that we need to get the Falconets going in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and to prepare the Super Eagles for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, and the U-17 boys for their African U-17 Championship qualifiers are intact.”
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