As part of planned activities for the success of the 2017 hajj exercise, Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board has begun weekend lectures to prepare the State intending pilgrims for the religious rites.
Executive Secretary of the Board, Mr. Muftau Okoya disclosed this recently while speaking on the latest development regarding the State preparedness for the exercise.
Mr. Okoya explained that the enlightenment program has been structured to take place simultaneously in Eighteen (18) Local Government coordinating centres to be controlled by three (3) zonal supervisors and eighteen (18) coordinators with reasonable numbers of Islamic clerics.
According to him the lectures, slated for Saturdays and Sundays between the hours of 2pm and 5pm, are intended to enrich pilgrims with the basic tenets of Islam, expectations and rites of hajj, right attitude and conventional practices during and after the hajj exercise.
Okoya stated further that the lectures, which will continue till August, will allow intending pilgrims to know themselves better and develop the right attitudes towards teamwork and peaceful coexistence.
“This programme has been one of the secrets of our success during the last hajj exercise”, he said.
He, however, enjoined all appointed representatives of the State Government at the various centres to be diligent and efficient in the discharge of their assigned duties and responsibilities, adding that their duties will extend to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The Board’s scribe further urged the intending pilgrims to take the lecture serious and attend regularly in order to have the full benefit of the money paid and to be better positioned to face and conquer possible challenges that may arise in the course of the holy pilgrimage.