The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Abdulhafis Toriola, and 14 others have been appointed by the Lagos Secretariat Community Central Mosque (LSCCM) as members of the executive council, to coordinate the mosque activities.
Toriola, who serves as the chairman of the council, alongside other members would oversee activities of the mosque, as well as pilot its affairs towards ensuring that the religious center performs its role including assisting Muslims to perform their rites in the state.
They were selected by the Shurah Committee (the board of electors for the mosque) after the expiration of the former executive council’s tenure which was led by Dr. Tajudeen Afolabi.
Toriola’s appointment was said to have been made by the Shurah weeks before his appointment and swearing in alongside 10 others as a Permanent Secretaries in the state civil service.
The State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, inaugurated the Permanent Secretary and other members of the committee on Thursday at the Mosque hall.
Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Religious Matters (Muslim), Ahmed Jebe, tasked the council to ensure transparency and accountability while piloting the mosque’s affairs.
He noted that they were picked among several worshippers considering their track records as dutiful and pious Muslims that would not mismanage the religious center’s funds.
While tasking the council on the need to often maintain smooth relationships with clerics attached to the mosque and consider staff welfare as important, the governor stressed that the entire worshippers would be looking up to them for leadership.
According to him, part of the leadership role members will be expecting from you is to ensure transparency and accountability in whatever you are doing for the mosque. And doing this, you will be setting good precedence for others.
Accepting the new appointment, Toriola promised the governor and worshippers that the executive council would often uphold transparency and accountability in all activities.
Toriola, who was a former Director of the Vehicle Inspection Services (VIS), added that the newly inaugurated council would ensure that they do more than expected from them.
He stated that the council, under his leadership, would sustain the peace and harmony that had existed among members of the mosque community.
Earlier, the immediate past chairman, Afolabi, disclosed that Toriola was unanimously selected by the Shurah committee as the new chairman of the Executive Council of the mosque.
He urged the council to adopt strategies that would effectively assist them to actualise their plans and fasten the completion of all projects for the mosque.
According to him, the council under my watch adopted sub-committee and Ad-hoc committee systems to implement plans, projects, and programs during our tenure.
“The committees with support from the Secretariat and mosque staff, therefore, served as the engine rooms to seamlessly conduct the activities of the mosque while the executive council majorly unplanned, monitored their activities for quick result”.
Afolabi stressed that the strategies adopted by his members assisted the council to achieve more during their tenure.
“We have been able to record credible and worthy achievements for the in-coming council to build upon and excel”, he added.
Other members of the committee were the first Vice chairman, Dr. Ismail Abdul-Salam; the second Vice chairman, Aolat Alade; the General Secretary, Opeifa Ahmad; the Treasurer, Hassan Lawal and Publicity Secretary, Shakiru Badmus, and others.