The Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN), Lagos State Chapter is set to organise a symposium, focusing on pilgrimage as a way of finding solutions to the challenges associated with Hajj operations in Nigeria.
Alhaji Tajudeen Adebanjo, the Public Relations Officer of the body, said the forum, which is the maiden edition of the annual discourse, will hold on Thursday, July 20 at the Lagos State Secretariat Mosque Multipurpose Hall, Alausa, Ikeja.
According to him, the maiden edition, which would address challenges facing hajj operations in the country, is tagged: “Hajj Operations and Media Responsibility,”
Adebanjo said the choice of the theme was in line with what MMPN, the umbrella body for all Muslims practising journalism, stands for.
“Our objectives is to propagate Islam through the mass media to address the challenge of under-reporting and misrepresentation of Islam and Muslims in the Nigerian in the media,” he said.
He said MMPN would bring key stakeholders in Hajj operations like the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), States Pilgrims Welfare Boards (SPWB), private tour operators, pilgrims, air carriers and media practitioners together to discuss the topic. to uplift the process and enhancing the welfare of the pilgrims.
The body believes that through such discourse, it would have contributed toward enhancing the process Hajj operation and the welfare of the pilgrims.
To do justice on the topic, a veteran journalist and expert in hajj operation, Alhaji Liad Tella, would be the lead speaker.
NAHCON Head of Media Alhaji Uba Mana, Med-view Airlines Managing Director, Alhaji Munir Bankole, and Vice-President, Association of Hajj and Umrah Operators of Nigeria (AHOUN), Lagos Zone, Alhaji Qasim Alabi are the discussants.
Guests expected at the forum include the Lagos State Deputy Governor – Dr Idiat Oluranti Adebule, Commissioner for Home Affairs – Dr AbdulHakeem AbdulLateef, NAHCON Chairman – Alhaji Muhammad Muktar and Deputy President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) – Alhaji Sakariyahu Babalola.
By Our Correspondent