The Lagos State Muslim Travelers Welfare Board and its 2024 Hajj travelers have been praised by Prof. Thairu Yunusa, Head of Infection Prevention Control at the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria Medical Clinic, for their exceptional organization during the holy pilgrimage in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

According to a statement released on Sunday by Taofeek Lawal, the deputy spokesperson for the board, Yunusa made the praise on Saturday during an outreach to pilgrims at Alsaad Flower Hotel 2, Misfalah Makkah.

Yunusa said, “My own is very simple, simple in the sense that if you are going to have a discussion and you are going to talk to some states’ pilgrims, if you are going to talk to Lagos State pilgrims, it is so easy to talk because the Lagos State pilgrims, the Lagos State Board, and the Lagos State Muasasa are all very organised. In fact, they are the best in Nigeria.”

He stated that his team came to add some thoughts to the good work the state had been doing so far in its preparation, adding that the mission was also to encourage the pilgrims to maintain positive health as they complete all the Hajj rituals in Mina, Arafah and the rest.

Responding on behalf of the state, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Islamic Matters, Dr. Ahmad Jebe, appreciated the NAHCON team for recognising the good work being done by the state in the discharge of its responsibilities to the pilgrims.

Jebe said that with the level of support and encouragement received from Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, the officials would not relent in their efforts but continue to work harder to provide comfort for the pilgrims throughout the Hajj exercise.

Last week, Sanwo-Olu granted 100 Saudi Riyals as “pocket money” to each of the state’s 1,868 Hajj pilgrims.

The gesture came a few days after the governor gave the pilgrims $186,800 to make up for the shortfall in their Travel Basic Allowance for the Hajj pilgrimage.