The Lagos State Government has said that plans are being perfected to ensure that the forthcoming holy pilgrimage to Jerusalem is hitch-free and worthwhile for the intending pilgrims.
The Honourable Commissioner for Home Affairs, Pharmacist Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf made this disclosure on Thursday during a Medical and Administrative Screening Exercise organised for the intending pilgrims to Jerusalem, Greece and Rome later in the year.
During the ceremony which held at Chapel of Christ The Light, Alausa, Ikeja, the Commissioner attributed the large turnout of the intending pilgrims for the exercise to their readiness for the spiritual exercise, saying it also underscores their willingness to comply with instructions.
In her words, “I am delighted with the impressive turn out for this screening exercise. This shows that you are all law-abiding and that you will heed to all directives when you get to Jerusalem and also be good representatives of Lagos State and Nigeria as a whole”.
Akinbile-Yussuf averred that, as part of efforts to make the pilgrimage a worthwhile experience, she would be leading a delegation next week to Israel to ensure that their authorities are ready to receive the intending pilgrims and also put all necessary arrangements in place for the arrival of pilgrims.
On the essence of the screening exercise, Akinbile-Yusuf said, “the medical screening is to know the status of all intending pilgrims and put in place proper medical assistance here in Nigeria before the commencement of the journey. But l must assure you all that the State government will make adequate preparations for you to have a memorable and worthwhile experience during the holy exercise”.
The Executive Secretary, Lagos State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, LSCPWB, Mrs Florence Gbafe, in her remarks during the screening exercise, counselled the intending pilgrims on expectations right from the day of departure till the day of return to the country, stressing that anyone discovered to be unfit for the journey due to a life-threatening ailment would not be allowed to embark on the pilgrimage.
“I wish to assure you all that this particular pilgrimage promises to be an unforgettable spiritual experience with overpowering emotions, excitement and adventure. We will ensure you have a seamless airlifting and effective administration exercise” she assured.