The Lagos State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board (LSCPWB) on Monday organised a one-day seminar for operation staff for this year’s holy pilgrimage exercise to the kingdom of Jordan scheduled to hold in August.
The seminar, which was held at Chapel of Christ the Light, Alausa, Ikeja is geared towards ensuring that the operation staff are enlightened on their duties and responsibilities at ensuring a smooth pilgrimage exercise.
Addressing the participants, the Board Secretary, Mrs. Florence Yetunde Gbafe stated that the seminar was convened to acquaint them with the task associated with being an operation staff.
She noted that the task ahead is enormous hence the need to educate the operation staff on how to go about their duties as they will be the focal point of the pilgrim exercise.
She urged the participants to be dedicated in the discharge of their duties as the pilgrim exercise is not for leisure.
She however charged the participants to be good ambassadors of the State as they will be in charge of people and resources. Therefore their virtues as Christians must be exhibited at all times.
On the issue of absconding, the the board secretary noted that adequate security arrangement have been put in place to checkmate the vice hence there will be no room for anyone to abscond while urging the operation staff to be security conscious.
Gbafe thanked the state government for providing an enabling environment for a hitch free Pilgrimage to the holy land and promised intending pilgrims of a spirit filled exercise.
A member of the Board, Hon. Babatunde Temionu, in his address expressed delight that the pilgrim exercise is coming to light despite the pandemic that disrupted the airlifting of pilgrims last year.
He noted that the essence of the seminar is to disseminate information and urged the operation staff to lead by example.
The chairman of the Lagos State Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Bishop Stephen Adegbite in his goodwill message charged the operation staff to see themselves as chief servant of the State as the task is tedious and not the time to play around.
He urged them to be responsible, accountable and respectable while praying for strength to be able to carry out the responsibility.
There was also goodwill address from the Chairman of the Health Service Commission, Dr.(Mrs) Atinuke Onayiga.
The operation staff were grouped into medical team, cleric team, bus leaders and general staff and were saddled with the responsibility of taking care of other pilgrims.
The operation staff expressed appreciation to the state government for counting them worthy and providing the platform to educate and prepare them for the holy pilgrimage, adding that the seminar has afforded them the opportunity to know what their duties and responsibilities entails.