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Lagos inaugurates 2019 Hajj committee, assures of pilgrims welfare

Ayodele Olalere

The Lagos State government, on Wednesday, inaugurated 11 member 2019 Hajj Ad-hoc committee, charging them to ensure smooth movement of intending pilgrims.

While inaugurating the committee, the deputy governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, who represented Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, urged the committee chaired by Jega Abdullah, to ensure the welfare and safety of the pilgrims is paramount, adding the state government have made adequate provisions for the 2,234 intending pilgrims.

” We are moving about 2, 234 pilgrims from Lagos State. As a state, we take the welfare  and safety of the pilgrims serious. It is key.

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“The lives of these pilgrims are in your hands. You must make sure things are done right. Lagos State have always been the best.

“Their comfort is key and as a state, we believe we must set the pace.

“As a committee, you are to care foe the transport, accommodation and feeding of the pilgrims. We have put together a good team of Lagosians that we believe can do it.

“It is a serious job and we expect at the end, you submit report on shortcomings and how we can do it betcter next year,” the deputy governor charges the committee.

In his response, the Amir Hajj, AbdulAzeez AbdulAkeem, assured the deputy governor the committee would work together to achieve result, adding the state government has refunded N141,000 back to each of the intending pilgrims.

“We will work together and be the best. There will be no compromise. We appreciate the governor for setting up.this committee.

“We will not disappoint you. We will do the job as expected of us. We will work to bring more laurels to Lagos State.

“We have always been coming on top and this year we will not disappoint,” he promised.