In her response, the President of ICAN, Dame Onome Joy Adewuji, commended Governor Sanwo-Olu for effective management of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state and also commiserated with the governor on the recent attacks by hoodlums, who hijacked the EndSARS protests. . Dame Adewuji also implored the three arms of governments to focus on all the issues raised by Nigerian youths during the EndSARS protests. She further stressed the need for transparency and accountability in government across the three tiers of government in Nigeria. In the same vein, Governor Sanwo-Olu while receiving the Chairman and Board members of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), who paid him a courtesy visit at Lagos State House, Marina on Friday also stressed the need for involvement of the youths in Hajj operations.

Governor Sanwo-Olu assured NAHCON leadership that “Lagos State will continue to ensure that seamless Hajj operations and our Hajj will continue to be a place where people can transit properly and ensure that they have a worthwhile experience passing through airport or many of our facilities in Lagos.”

The Governor while commending several innovative moves by the Hajj Commission, promised to support them in needed areas, adding that Lagos State will ensure adequate preparation and safety for participants during Hajj. In his response, Chairman of NAHCON, Alhaji Zikrulahi Kunle Hassan, said the commission has come up with a novel idea, known as Hajj Saving Scheme to make Hajj affordable for intending pilgrim so that they can save enough money to participate in the Holy pilgrimage. He said such initiative will help government to focus more on logistics rather than spending huge resources to sponsor people to Hajj for Holy pilgrimage. Alhaji Hassan said the commission is fully ready for next year's Hajj. “As you are aware, COVID-19 did impact negatively and this year Hajj didn’t take place. But we are positive. Saudi Arabia has opened their country. The Lesser Hajj has started. So, we are positive that Hajj itself will also take place. “We are also aware that we must go through all the COVID-19 protocols, even though our aspiration, prayer and hope is that before Hajj, which should be sometime in June 2021, COVID-19 would have been defeated by the human race. But we would ensure that we follow all the necessary health guidelines to take our pilgrims over there. He also stressed the need for young people to join the Hajj business in Nigeria. He said the commission is ready to introduce young vibrant people into Hajj administration, adding that the Hajj Commission is working on Hajj Training Institute to training people involved in Hajj operations. Images-FB/@followlasg

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