Ambode urges Lagos pilgrims to be good ambassadors
The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has enjoined Lagos State intending pilgrims to represent the state well in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Home Affairs and Amir ul Hajj 2018, Dr. Abdul Hakeem Abdul Lateef, spoke at a two-day seminar organised for the pilgrims at the Old Secretariat Central Mosque. Alausa.
He said the series of lectures, enlightenment programmes and seminars are meant to shape the attitude and thinking of the intending pilgrims so that they will understand the importance and basics of the holy pilgrimage.
Ambode declared that his government has made adequate provision for comfortable accommodation, better feeding arrangement, buses, ambulances, Arabic classes, lectures, medical supports and other aids that will make the holy pilgrimage a success.
He challenged the state officials led by AbdulLateef to keep up the good records as the most outstanding state in 2016 and 2017, adding that the state pilgrims has every opportunity to do better with the level of training, moral and operational supports enjoyed from the State Government.
He assured Lagosians of the readiness and determination of the Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board to perform better, while adding that the essence of inviting the representatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Nigerian Customs, Nigerian Immigration, National Orientation Agency (NOA) and Medical Doctors is to ensure that intending pilgrims are adequately enlightened on dos and don’ts of the holy pilgrimage and to forestall any unwanted delay and embarrassment of Lagos pilgrims.
The Board Chairman Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Dr. Tajudeen Yusuf took the intending pilgrims through the details of Hajj rites.
He noted that, Lagos pilgrims would commence airlifting on or before the end of the month since the inaugural flight from Nigeria is billed to take off on Saturday, 21st July 2018.
The commissioner however urges pilgrims to abide by the rules and regulations put in place by the government of Nigeria and Saudi Arabia.
He told pilgrims to make sure that they allow the lessons learnt from the various enlightenment programmes and lectures to affect their attitude positively.
According to him, patience, endurance and tolerance should be the guideline of any intending pilgrim who wishes to perform hajj with ease.