Muslim journalists seek better coverage of hajj operations

Hajj. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH

The Crème de la crème of the Islamic community are set to converge on Lagos to provide solutions to challenges of hajj operations, especially from the media coverage perspective.

The symposium being organized by the Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN), Lagos State Chapter and scheduled for Thursday, July 20, 2017, is themed: “Hajj Operations and Media Responsibility”.

The forum, taking place at the Lagos State Secretariat Mosque Multipurpose Hall, Alausa, Ikeja, is expected to examine how robust media coverage can enhance the performance of the spiritual exercise.

Public Relations Officer, MMPN, Alhaji Tajudeen Adebanjo, said: “Ours is to propagate Islam through the mass media thereby confronting the current under-reporting and misrepresentation of Islam and Muslims in the Nigerian, nay global media,”

Stakeholders, expected at the symposium includes the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), States Pilgrims Welfare Boards (SPWB), private tour operators, pilgrims, air carriers as well as the media practitioners, to discuss issues enhance the welfare of the pilgrims.

Veteran journalist cum hajj administration expert, Alhaji Liad Tella, now a Senior Research Fellow at University of Ilorin would be the lead speaker. NAHCON Head of Media, Alhaji Uba Mana; Medview Airlines Managing Director, Alhaji Muneer Bankole and Vice President, Association for Hajj and Umrah Operators of Nigeria (AHUON), Lagos Zone, Alhaji Qasim Alabi are the discussants.”

“Guests would be led by Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule; Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr. AbdulHakeem AbdulLateef; NAHCON Chairman Alhaji Muhammad Mukhtar and Deputy President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) Alhaji Sakariyahu Babalola.”




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