Lagos Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has directed the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) to conduct a census of religious centres across the state.
Ambode gave the directive while inaugurating 798 members of the NIREC appointed for the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas in Lagos.
He was represented by AbdulHakeem Abdul-Lateef, the Commissioner for Home Affairs at the inauguration.
“One of the core functions you are going to discharge is the collation of religious institutions at the local government level. You must ensure that you compile a list of all churches, all mosques, all faith-based organisations and forward same to the Ministry of Home Affairs.
“I must also urge you to work closely with the local government chairman and all other officials at the local government level. You are working directly with NIREC at the state level. Always make sure that you relate any matter that is beyond your capacity to the state NIREC and through the state NIREC, it will get to my office as the governor of Lagos State. Your meetings will hold quarterly and I urge you to have extra-ordinary meetings in cases of emergencies,” Ambode said.