The Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board has formally been presented with an award plaque and certificate, having won the third best state in Nigeria, during the 2022 Hajj operation.
The formal presentation of the awards was held during a stakeholders’ meeting at the instance of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) at the auditorium of the National Mosque, held in Abuja.
The Chairman/CEO NAHCON, Alhaji Zikrullahi Kunle Hassan, in his keynote address, said that occasion was designed to bring together stakeholders of the Hajj industry in Nigeria to brainstorm and collectively review last Hajj and proffer solutions for improvement.
While noting that the Commission considered every stakeholder present at the meeting essential to its success, he said, “No organisation can succeed without constant networking with its sister agencies and other patrons whose supports are indispensable in accomplishing superior results.” Hassan said NAHCON is blessed with several stakeholders with whom it shares symbiotic relationships to function. He therefore stressed that if the stakeholders play their individual role with utmost dedication and sincerity, they will always return to celebrate their successes and accomplishments.
He used the occasion to inform stakeholders that unlike last Hajj when the preparation started late due to absence of information, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has intimated the Commission that arrangement for Hajj 2023 would begin with a conference via video communication on December 21, 2022.
It would be recalled that in the report of the Assessment and Award Committee for Hajj 2022 which was submitted on September 21, 2022, Lagos State came third with 114 points out of 130 cumulative points behind Yobe State that clinched the first position with 117 points while Kaduna State got 115 points to win the second position.
The Secretary, Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Mr. Hakeem Kosoko received the award on behalf of the State. The Director of operations, Alhaji Kamal Zubair and Director, Finance and Accounts, Mrs. Ibitola Adesiyan, accompanied him.