Lagos Muslim Pilgrims Board Appoints New Members, Secretary

The Governor of Lagos State Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has appointed Mr Shakir Ayinde Gafar, an engineer as the Chairman of Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board.

The Head of Service, Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola noted in a statement that the governor also appointed Imam AbdulHakeem Kosoko as the Executive Secretary of the board. While Dr Fausat Dabiri; Alhaji Yusuf Ara; Dr AbdulKabir Paramole; Lola Shonibare and Alhaji Mojeed Sanni are new board members.

While the new Board Chairman and members are to serve for a renewable period of three years as provided in the extant laws with effect from January 1, 2022, the statement said.

However, Imam AbdulHakeem Kosoko has appealed to members of staff of the Board to show absolute commitment and dedication to their official duties.

The new Executive Secretary noted this on Wednesday at the send-forth ceremony organised by the Board in honour of the immediate past Executive Secretary, Mr. Rahman Ishola, who was recently posted to another establishment in the State Public Service.

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Imam Kosoko disclosed that there would be a review of the mode of operations of the Board for improved service delivery, while promising to ensure equity and justice during his administration.

He praised the former Board Secretary, Mr. Ishola, for his various achievements at the Board and described him as a very wonderful colleague, brother and friend of many years.

Earlier, Mr. Ishola, in his response, expressed his appreciation to the Almighty Allah for His love and mercy throughout his tenure at the Board.

The former Board Secretary added that, he has been friends with Imam Kosoko for many years, Ishola expressed gratitude to Allah for the privilege of being the first Civil Servant to be given a political appointment as an Executive Secretary of the Board since it was established established some decades.

Furthermore, Ishola, urged the staff to extend all necessary cooperation to his successor, assuring the new Board Secretary that the staff would render support to ensure he excels in the new assignment.

Established in 1976, the Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board is saddled with the responsibility of protecting and safeguarding the interest and welfare of pilgrims from the State.

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