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LASG saves N2.4bn from ban of pilgrimage sponsorship

The Lagos State Government yesterday, May 2 2017, said it has saved a whooping sum of N2.4 bn with the stoppage of annual sponsorship of holy pilgrimage to Jerusalem and Saudi Arabia.

The State’s Commissioner for Home Affairs , Dr. Abdulhakeem Abdullateef, who disclosed this at a press briefing in Alausa explained that the savings was ploughed back to finance infrastructural projects and other developmental programmes in the state

He explained that about 1,000 residents were before now sponsored for the pilgrimage at both the local and the state government levels.

He added that the state government had commenced the process of gathering data of religious organisations and their locations to set standards, give orientation and provide security for them.

In a related development, Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Akinyemi Ashade, said the state has budgeted N3.8 billion to tackle HIV/AIDS.

The budget, he noted, is financial support the state received from the Global Fund to fight HIV infections and assured that the grant would be judiciously used.

Specifically, he said the grant would be for 70 health facilities in three local government areas of the state, including, Epe, Ikorodu and Oshodi/Isolo

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