By Monsuru Olowoopejo
NO fewer than 2, 000 mosques and Islamic organisations have been registered by Lagos State Government to ease resources allocation.
Confirming the registration of religious houses and organizations in the State, Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr Abdul-Hakeem Abdul-Lateef, argued that the registration of religious organisations was to have accurate data of every place of worship located in the state on a centralised database.
Though Abdul-Lateef did not state the number of mosque and Muslim organizations registered but said 10, 000 religious organizations have been captured by the government in the ongoing registration of religious organization.
Speaking at the 2017 Ministerial press briefing, the commissioner explained that the registration was free and it was for data gathering, orientation and to strengthen security arrangements in the state.
According to him, “This is to allow the State Government have a reliable data of religious organisations and their locations, with a view to carry them along with state government policies.
“It is expected that the policy, because of effective resource allocation and efficient management inherent in it, will bring and extend benefits to many more churches and mosques in the State. At present, the website has over 10,000 data of religious organisations including Mosque across the state,” he added.