By Oluwatope Lawanson, Lagos.
Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Thursday reiterated his administration’s commitment to the fulfilment of the Greater Lagos agenda.
Sanwo-Olu gave the assurance at a one-day workshop for Chief Imams and Central Mosque officials in Lagos State, organised by Council of Chief Imams and Ulama, in Lagos.
The theme of the workshop is “Mosque Management – The Role of Every Individual”.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, appreciated all religious leaders for their support and contributions to the realisation of the government’s programmes, aimed at improving the well-being of the people.
He said that like every organisation, an Islamic leader played a vital role in encouraging and inspiring people to contribute their quota toward achieving a common goal.
The governor appealed for prayers, as his first tenure was coming to an end and for peaceful, free and credible elections in 2023.
“Our commitment is unwavering and our determination to bring into reality the greater Lagos of our collective desire is unshaken’’.
Earlier, the Grand Chief Imam of Lagos State, Sheikh Sulaimon Abou-Nolla, said that the mosque played a vital role in the lives of every Muslim.
He said that the mosque was not only a place of worship but also as a centre of knowledge and socialisation.
“It is a rallying point for all Muslims, who are required to congregate therein, at least five times a day, to perform the daily obligatory prayers,” he said.
Abou-Nolla said that the Imam and other members of a mosque’s management committee must always ensure that the mosque and its surroundings were properly maintained.
“They are also to ensure that the mosque meets the expectations and requirements of every worshiper and the Muslim Umma as a whole,” he said.
Delivering a lecture on “Funds Generation within Members of the Mosque”, Prof. Luqman Zakariya encouraged Imams to engage in corporate social responsibility projects.
He urged all Imams and Muslims to be more involved in community development.
Zakariya advised them to join credible corporative societies, in order to be more financially independent.