The Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has urged the members of the Lagos State contingent to make sure they handle their pilgrims with the highest level of moral attitude and discipline in order to achieve the best result in this year hajj operation.
Ambode who spoke through the Honourable commissioner for Home Affair and Amir-ul-Hajj Lagos State, Dr. Abdul Hakeem Abdul Lateef enjoined the officials to practicalised the training they gained through the Lagos State services charter into proper handling, managing and supervision of the pilgrims so that the appreciable standard already set can be sustained.
Mr. Ambode made the calls yesterday while addressing the staff of the Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board at Old Secretariat, GRA, Ikeja.
The governor expressed satisfaction with the level of commitment of the officials and the pace of the operation, adding that the management team are doing well despite the challenges caused by the airlifting arrangement.
He advised the intending pilgrims to play by the rules set by the State Board, the Saudi Arabia Government and other Stakeholders to avoid any act that might cause embarrassment or criminal charges.
However, Mr. Ambode appealed to the pilgrims to be ‘patience, tolerant and exhibit high level of endurance in the cause of performing their Hajj rites. He noted that all operations come with its challenges.”
According to the Honourable Commissioner, Dr. Abdul Lateef who represented the Governor, “1, 902 pilgrims have so far been airlifted to the Holy Land in six different flights while the seventh and the last flight will cater for 98 pilgrims and officials of the State contingent, making a total of 2000 pilgrims that would be airlifted to Saudi Arabia for this year hajj exercise”.
“The seventh flight is scheduled for tomorrow, Monday 13th August, 2018”