The Lagos State Government has inaugurated an ad-hoc committee to oversee the activities and welfare of its pilgrims for a successful 2019 Hajj Operation.
The Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, inaugurated the 11-man committee on behalf of Gov. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu.
While inaugurating the committee, headed by Alhaji Abdullahi Jebe, Hamzat charged the members to take their job seriously and work to sustain the winning style that Lagos has been noted for over the years.
Hamzat said since the welfare of all the intending pilgrims is the priority of the Administration of Gov. Sanwo-Olu.
“It has, therefore, become important to inaugurate this committee to start working immediately, with others to make sure that, in term of logistics, things are done right.
“In terms of transportation, logistics, feeding and other arrangements, things must be better than before; we must work together and make sure things are done right.
“We expect a report on how we perform and how pilgrims perform; Lagos has been excelling.
“We cannot lower the standard; we must be the best, that is what His
Excellency, Governor Sanwo-Olu wants; that is what Lagosians want,” the deputy governor said.
Responding Alhaji Jebe said the state has set a very high standard and commended the Amir Hajj, Dr Abdul-Hakeem Abdul-Lateef in this regard.
He promised to continue the winning streak.
Comment, the Amir Hajj said Lagos have been succeeding and excelling because the state has been doing things in unusual and creative ways, by thinking not “outside the box but without the box”.
Abdul-Lateef promised that the state, in this years’ Hajj operation, would strive harder and achieve more unprecedented feats.
Other officials present at the inauguration were the Head of Service,
Mr Hakeem Muri-Okun-Ola, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of
Home Affairs, Mrs Elizabeth Adebunmi Adekanye and the Permanent
Secretary, Office of the Deputy Governor, Mrs Yetunde Odejayi.