Just as in the preceding years, Lagos State has again won the Award of Excellence for Hajj Operations from the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).
Amir Hajj and former Commissioner of Home Affairs in the state, Dr AbdulHakeem AbdulLateef, received the year 2018 Award of Excellence on behalf of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Lagos state was conferred with the award of excellence as the best and most disciplined contingents at the 2018 Hajj operation.
The award was presented at the sensitisation and seminar exercise for 2019 intending Pilgrims, organised by the Ministry of Home Affairs, through its Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Ikeja.
Sheikh FuadAdeyemi, from the National Hajj Commission, South West, remarked that Lagos state “has progressively been lifting the standard of Hajj Operation in Nigeria” since 2015.
He attributed the feat to the way, Lagos pilgrims comported themselves in Hajj 2018, before airlifting, during Hajj, departing from Hajj and arrival in Nigeria.
“Lagos state has been a very good example to other states in the provision of the welfare of its pilgrims, ranging from accommodation, transportation and feeding,” Adeyemi said.
He said that prior to 2015, Lagos pilgrims had some challenges as a discipline and other logistics issues were sources of concern, but the turn-around since the year 2015 had been very remarkable and the transformation from a situation of disorderliness to excellence “is truly amazing and quite admirable”.
He commended the state Amir Hajj, AbdulLateef for his uncommon leadership role, resilience, efficiency and selfless efforts coupled with humility and genuine respect for each and every pilgrim.
He praised his organisational and mobilisation abilities, stating that he “has consistently shown exemplary conducts and high standard in Hajj operation “that continues to project and promote the excellent reputation of Lagos State.
“Lagos State is the pride of Nigerian pilgrims operations”.
While assuring the pilgrims to have unflinching confidence in the state’s ability to conduct seamless pilgrimage operations, he enjoined the Pilgrims to be steadfast in their good characters and discipline.
Responding AbdulLateef said Lagos State would continue to exhibit sterling qualities and perform beyond the common level of excellence.
The Amir Hajj stated further that the goal “is always to shift the frontier of performance beyond the level of the previous year”.
He praised the efforts of the State Government for the support which has been the source of the outstanding and unprecedented achievements being recorded in every of the Hajj operations since 2015.
He promising that this year would “even be more successful, considering the level of support already received from the àdministration of Gov. Sanwo-Olu.
The Amir Hajj commended all other stakeholders, the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Muslim Pilgrim Welfare Board, the Ulamas and other spiritual leaders, who always rally round to constantly scale-up standard.
Also in her remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Mrs Adebunmi Elizabeth Adekanye, said the continues promotion of pilgrims welfare “is what her ministry will always pursue and that this year’s Hajj operation will be better than that of 2018.”
She reiterated that intending pilgrims should continue the tradition of excellence and in fact raised standard.
By Oluwashina Iyanda