Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has assured intending pilgrims of his administration’s readiness to improve on their welfare during their spiritual exercise to the Holy Land.
The governor gave the assurance at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday during the inauguration of the Amirul Hajj and Adhoc Committee for Hajj 2015.
He said, “My administration shall ensure an improvement on the welfare of Lagos pilgrims in the Holy Land. I have approved the immediate commencement of a decentralised weekly orientation programme in all the Local Government Areas which commenced on Saturday, July 25.
“It is aimed at developing the right attitude and character worthy of ambassadors of Lagos State in the holy land.
“The spiritual orientation shall also be held at the state level before the August 18.”
Ambode restated that his administration would ensure peaceful and harmonious co-existence among Lagosians, promising to strengthen the institutions and agencies saddled with coordinating religious affairs.
He said since Hajj, the fifth pillar of Islam, is held tenaciously by Muslims, the exercise should be handled with all seriousness that it required, adding that this had informed that the need to appoint the Amirul Hajj and interim committee to coordinate the activities of the Hajj exercise.
The Amirul Hajj and Chairman of the Committee, Alhaji AbdulLateef AbdulHakeem, expressed appreciation to the governor, promising that he and his team would not let the state down.
He assured the people that the committee would work assiduously and would represent the state well at the holy land.