The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has urged the members of the State Pilgrims Board to make sure they adequately cater for the contingent to Saudi Arabia for 2018 Hajj to engender the highest level of moral attitude and discipline towards achieving the best performance during the exercise.
The Governor, who gave the charge at the weekend while addressing the staff of the Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board at Old Secretariat, GRA, Ikeja, enjoined the officials to translate the training they gained through the Lagos State Service Charter into proper handling, managing and supervision of the pilgrims so that the appreciable standard already set can be sustained.
Speaking through the State Commissioner for Home Affairs and Amir-ul-Hajj Lagos State, Dr. Abdul Hakeem Abdul Lateef, Ambode expressed satisfaction with the level of commitment so far shown by the officials and the pace of operations, adding that the management team are doing well despite the challenges of the airlifting arrangement.
He also advised the intending pilgrims to abide by the rules and regulations of the State Board, the Saudi Arabia Government and other Stakeholders to avoid any action that might cause embarrassment or arrest.
The Governor advised them to also be patient, tolerant and exhibit a high level of endurance in the cause of performing their Hajj rites, noting that all human endeavour usually comes with one form of challenge or the other.
According to him, “1,902 pilgrims have so far been airlifted to the Holy Land on six different flights. The 7th and the last flight scheduled for Monday, 13th August 2018 will airlift 98 intending pilgrims and officials for the State contingent, making a total of 2000 that would have been airlifted to Saudi Arabia for this year’s hajj exercise”.