IMM President Ekrem İmamoğluDue to the pandemic process, this year, it could not perform the iftars traditionally held in citizens' homes. İmamoğlu, who held the first mass iftar of the year with the Ümraniye-Ataşehir-Göztepe Metro Line construction workers, said, “In Ramadan, normally I have been opening iftar at homes for 11 years, both during my political term and during my mayorship. This year too, I was lucky, 11 years later, I only open iftar at my house. I can't go home. Today, for the first time, I will have iftar outside my house with you, our working friends. I wish you all health and wellness. I hope we will all get the reward of this work and effort. Just as we speak soundly today, on the last day, we will say 'Good luck' in a healthy way and offer it to the service of Istanbulites all together”. The iftar program was held by maintaining social distance and following the hygiene rules.
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) President Ekrem İmamoğlumade the first mass iftar of the year with metro construction workers. İmamoğlu, who met with metro workers and workers at Ümraniye-Ataşehir-Göztepe Metro Construction Central Construction Site, was accompanied by İBB Rail System Department Head Pelin Alpkökin, Rail System Projects Manager Serap Timur and Anatolian Side Rail System Manager Fahrettin Öner. Making a short speech before the iftar, which was held in the central construction site, following the social distance rules, İmamoğlu said:
“WE HAVE A SEMESTER TO BE A COURSE FOR ALL OF US”
“May Allah accept it. We live in a different month of Ramadan. More precisely, the world is going through a different era. We are really going through a period that will be a lesson for all of us. We need to learn big lessons. People are losing their lives both in our country and our city, all over the world. Therefore, we are in a period that will adhere to the rules and pay attention to the rules at the same time. In Ramadan, normally I had been breaking for 11 years at home, both in my political and my mayor period. This year has been a fortune, after 11 years, I open an iftar only in my home. I can't go home. Today, for the first time, I will open an iftar outside my house, together with our laboring friends, owners of our valuable company and friends who run the business. I am so happy. I wish you all health and wellness. I hope we get the value of this work, this work together. Just as we speak healthy today, we say 'Good luck' on the last day and offer it to the service of Istanbulites altogether. Hopefully, Ramadan and the next Feast will welcome us like a feast. Let me state my hope that we will overcome this virus problem as a world. May Allah accept it again. Bon Appetit."
Metro construction employees took photos with Imamoglu following the iftar, following the social distance rules.