FCT Minister urges hajj officials to serve pilgrims

Hudu Yakubu, Abuja

Nigeria's Federal Capital Territory Minister, Muhammad Bello

Officials of the 2016 pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia from the Federal Capital Territory Administration have been called on to be ready to serve the pilgrims or drop their International Passports for more committed individuals.

The FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello stated this in Abuja, when he met with the entire contingent selected to serve in this years’ exercise.

Malam Bello noted that the essence of their selection was to serve the pilgrims, as they are not pilgrims themselves, though they may take advantage of being there to equally perform hajj.

He warned that any official found wanting will be dealt with according to the law guiding the Board.

He enjoined the officials to justify the investment and confidence reposed in them; noting that when they serve for the sake of Allah, there is huge reward from the Almighty awaiting them.

Malam Bello emphasised that the meeting was to remind officials of the government expectations from them to have a hitch free 2016 exercise

The Minister also took time to inspect all the facilities at the Hajj Camp and directed the FCT Pilgrims Welfare Board officials to further clean up the environment as the Camp is not expected to serve FCT Pilgrims alone, but contingents from Benue, Nasarawa and Kogi states as well.

The Director of FCT Pilgrims Welfare Board, Malam Bashir Muhammad thanked the Minister for coming to remind them of the expectations of the officials.

He gave assurance that the Camp would be highly maintained to ensure that all pilgrims get the best treatment.

Malam Muhammad remarked that the Board has also embarked on public enlightenment to compliment what is being done by the National Hajj Commission to avoid the re-occurrence of stampede in the Holy Land.