29 February 2016

Nigeria: Why We'll No Longer Sponsor Pilgrimages - Lagos

Lagos — Lagos State Government has emphasized that it will no longer sponsor pilgrimage services to Saudi Arabia and Jerusalem.

The government said this became imperative to cut wastages and invest in human capital development and infrastructure.

Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr AbdulHakeem AbdulLateef who stated this while addressing some Muslim Ummah in the state said the fall in the price of oil and the need for the state to invest more in infrastructural development and capacity building necessitated the decision. "Individuals intending to visit Saudi Arabia for Hajj and Umrah as well going to Jerusalem should be prepared to bear the economic implications involved, as the state government is resolute about cutting wastages," he said.

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