The Lagos State Government on Wednesday inaugurated the ad-hoc committee for the 2019 Hajj Pilgrimage with a charge to the members to ensure that the state sustains its enviable position as the best in the country.
Speaking at the inauguration, Obafemi Hamzat, the deputy governor, urged the committee members to see to the welfare and safety of the 2,234 pilgrims and also ensure that the entire pilgrimage process is performed peacefully.
He charged the ad-hoc committee to consider assignment as a serious job involving issues of welfare, safety and the array of logistics involved from Lagos to Mecca and back to the country.
According to him, “you are to ensure the comfort of the pilgrims, transportation to and within the Holy Land, accommodation and feeding of the pilgrims are taken care of. Your duties as a committee commence from Nigeria till their return and ends at the tendering of report and recommendation for improvement”.
Earlier in her opening remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Adebunmi Adekanye, said that as part of the efforts to ensure a hitch-free 2019 Haji operation, the state Muslim Pilgrim Welfare Board had organised a series of activities which include seminar, talks, sensitisation, medical test amongst other exercises to prepare the pilgrims for the spiritual exercises.
The process, she said, was concluded on Wednesday at the LTV Blue Roof with prayers, pieces of advice from the clerics, and guidance on the pilgrimage from Nigeria to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The permanent secretary also announced that the National Hajj Commission issued the Lagos State Muslim Pilgrim commission an award as “the best pilgrim commission for its disciplinary ways.”
In his remarks, the Amir Hajj, Abdul-lateef Hakeem, promised that in spite of the reduced responsibilities with the National Hajj Commission fixing fares and providing accommodation and transportation, the plans for the year 2019 Hajj will remain top rate.
He said the state had refunded the N141,000 extra fare.
The event was also witnessed by the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Deputy Governor, Yetunde Odejayi; Secretary of the Pilgrims Board, Raman Ishola amongst others.
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