Lagos State government has received an award for the good conduct of pilgrims from the state that participated in the 2023 Holy pilgrimage in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The award plaque was received on behalf of the state by Amir-ul-Hajj, Prince Anofiu Olanrewaju Elegushi, during a brief reception organised by the service providers in their office.
While presenting the award, Head of the company of Mutawifs for Pilgrims from African Non-Arab Countries (Service No. 13), AbdulRahman AbdulHadj, expressed appreciation to the pilgrims for their exemplary conduct.
He said: “I want to express my sincere appreciation to all the pilgrims from Lagos State for their good behaviour and cooperation, especially in Mina and Arafat.”
He also thanked the Amir-ul-Hajj and other government officials for the support given to his company throughout the Hajj operation, saying their support, cooperation and understanding greatly made his assignment easy to accomplish. He prayed to Allah to return the pilgrims and officials home safely.
Meanwhile, the Amir-ul-Hajj has disclosed that the state has so far airlifted 1,777 pilgrims back to Lagos in six batches.
Elegushi stated that the return journey, which started with a ‘special flight’ on July 10, has continued back to back with the ultimate goal of ensuring that the pilgrims are returned to their respective families and businesses within the shortest period of time.
He assured that the state would ensure the safe return of all pilgrims.
The Amir-ul-Hajj was accompanied to the Mutawifs’ office by former Special Adviser to the Governor on Islamic Matters, Alhaji Ahmad Abdullahi Jebe, Alhaji Mojeed Sanni (board member) and Mr. Saheed Onipede (board secretary), among others.