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Super Eagles’ ll Qualify For Qatar 2022-NFF



Joel Ajayi 
The General secretary of Nigeria Football Federation, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi has given assurance that the Super Eagles will qualify for the 2022 FIFA World cup in Qatar.

Speaking when the executive members of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) FCT Chapter visited to celebrate his birthday with him in his office at the Moshood Abiola National stadium in Abuja, Dr Sanusi stated that all hands are on deck to ensure that Nigeria’s flag is hoisted in Qatar next year.

According to him, “the game in Cape Verde wasn’t an easy one bearing in mind that they have been unbeaten in their home soil over the past five years. With that in mind, they thought it was going to be business as usual when they scored first. But our boys fought back to level scores and got a deserved winner late in the game.

“We are assuring Nigerians that the NFF will do everything humanly possible to ensure that the Super Eagles qualify for the World Cup in Qatar. We give God the glory and we thank the Federal government and Nigerians for their support and prayers” the NFF chief scribe  stated.
Earlier, while presenting a  massive designer birthday card  to Dr Sanusi, the FCT SWAN chairman, Bunmi Haruna  charged the NFF not to relent in the quest to qualify Nigeria for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

His words, “We congratulate the NFF and Nigerians for the excellent results the Super Eagles recorded against Liberia and Cape Verde in the world cup qualifiers. These victories couldn’t have happened by chance, they are obviously results of well planned preparations and determination of the NFF and the team.”

“As we look forward to the  rest of the matches, we want to urge the team not to relent,and to be cautious that nothing has been achieved until we qualify for the world cup.

On our part we will continue to support the NFF, the Super Eagles and other national teams to succeed in all competitions” the SWAN boss stated

An overwhelmed Dr Sanusi after receiving the giant card expressed his joy at the gesture by SWAN even as he called on the Sports writing body to support NFF to develop the game.

“I am aware that you came to the office to celebrate my birthday on August 30  but I was away on an international assignment to commission the world cup qualifying match between Egypt and Angola. Let me say I’m overwhelmed by your kind gesture. Thank you so much for extending this gesture to me” he quipped.

The Eagles have two wins from two games against Liberia and Cape Verde and presently seats on top of Group C with six points.
Despite missing 10 regular players in the last match away to Cape Verde, Nigeria was able to grind out a 2-1 win after defeating Liberia 2-0 four days earlier.

The Super Eagles will next month play Central African Republic in continuation of their quest to be at Qatar 2022 world cup.

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More Climate Crisis, Infectious Disease Loom Unless-Dr Goni



Joel Ajayi

The Conservator-General of National Park Service NPS, Dr Ibrahim Goni, has
revealed that more crisis, human diseases loom in the country, except activities of illegal loggers into parks and forests across the country are properly checked.

He stated this on Wednesday, in Abuja, during a Press conference on the Service’s stand on illegal logging going on across Nigeria’s forests reserves.

He expressed that, danger is enormous and there is need to protect the country’s forests now, more than ever before.

According to him, the Service condemns this nefarious activities and warns that the long arms of the law will soon catch up with the perpetrators.

“We have also identified ignorance among Nigerians as one of the key factors militating against effort to fight this environmental disaster.

“The risks from illegal logging are dire; trees absorb and store carbon dioxide. If forests are cleared or even disturbed, they release carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases which will be harmful to the environment and humans as well.

“Nigeria will be the victims of the activities of these illegal loggers if they continue unchecked.”

Dr Goni added that: “a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment is the foundation of human life. But today, because of human action, the crises of climate change are directly and severely impacting our lives and environment negatively.

“Deforestation affects us all, whether we realise it or not.

“Forests have a big influence on rainfall patterns, water, soil quality and flood prevention too. Millions of people and animals rely directly on forests for their livelihood.

“Forest loss and damage is the cause of around 10% of global warming. There’s simply no way we can fight the climate crisis if we don’t stop deforestation. 

“It will lead to more infectious diseases in humans as it has been established that deforestation can be a strong driver of infectious disease transmission.

“It reduces biodiversity; the release of greenhouse gas emissions has been negatively affecting natural ecosystems and the climate.”

Speaking on the effort of the Service’ towards ensuring a safer and better parks across the country, Conservative General said: “The service is fighting hard to stop forest destruction, our environmental campaigns together with other stakeholders are starting to pay off, but there is still a lot more to do.

He sought for the support from all stakeholders, especially Nigeria media, to educate and sensitize more Nigerians on the implications. “

“We need to constantly educate and sensitise our people on the imminent dangers we can face, if we don’t stop constant deforestation.

“The effects of climate change know no boundaries, poor or rich, although the poor are likely to be affected the most.

“We have to raise the bar of sensitisation against illegal logging higher indeed; our common future depends on it.

“People know these illegal loggers and their buyers, they live among us, and they should report them to the appropriate authorities, because the evil they are covering will consume us all, if not nipped in the bud.

“This is a call to action for all well-meaning Nigerians to join in the fight of protecting our ecosystem.

“The service will arrest and prosecute anyone found involved in illegal logging in any of our national parks.”

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