MMPN holds symposium on hajj
The Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN), Lagos State Chapter will hold its maiden edition of annual symposium on Thursday, July 20, 2017.This year’s edition would address challenges facing hajj operations in the country.
Tagged, “Hajj Operations and Media Responsibility”, the one-day event will take place at the Lagos State Secretariat Mosque Multipurpose Hall, Alausa, Ikeja.In a statement made by MMPN Public Relations Officer, Alhaji Tajudeen Adebanjo, said the choice of the theme is in sync with what MMPN as the umbrella body for all Muslims practicing journalism in the various arms of the mass media stands for.
“Ours is to propagate Islam through the mass media thereby confronting the current under-reporting and misrepresentation of Islam and Muslims in the Nigerian, nay global media,” he said.
“With a view to find solutions to the challenges associated with Hajj operations in Nigeria over the years, MMPN, he said, considers it imperative bringing stakeholders, especially the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), States Pilgrims Welfare Boards (SPWB), private tour operators, pilgrims, air carriers as well as the media practitioners, together to discuss the topic to uplift the process and enhancing the welfare of the pilgrims”.
Alhaji Adebanjo said: “In view of this, we have invited authorities and veteran in hajj operations to do justice to the topic. Veteran journalist cum hajj administration expert, Alhaji Liad Tella, now a Senior Research Fellow at University of Ilorin would be the lead speaker. NAHCON Head of Media, Alhaji Uba Mana; Medview Airlines Managing Director, Alhaji Muneer Bankole and Vice President, Association for Hajj and Umrah Operators of Nigeria (AHUON), Lagos Zone, Alhaji Qasim Alabi are the discussants.”
“Guests would be led by Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule; Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr. AbdulHakeem AbdulLateef; NAHCON Chairman Alhaji Muhammad Mukhtar and Deputy President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) Alhaji Sakariyahu Babalola.”
Lagos MMPN spokesman is delighted that the symposium is coming few days after NAHCON staged national hajj and umrah stakeholders’ conference where challenges of hajj operations were examined The two-day conference also featured the 10th year anniversary of the birth of NAHCON.
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