FCTA to airlift 3,000 pilgrims for 2012 Hajj

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FCTA inaugurates 2012 Amirul Hajj Team.

The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, will airlift not less than 3,000 pilgrims from Abuja to perform this year’s Hajj in Saudi Arabia.

The Abuja Minister of State, Olajumoke Akinjide, said on Thursday at the inauguration of the FCT 2012 Amirul Hajj Team, that prior to their departure the pilgrims would be accommodated in the new Permanent Hajj Camp built by the Administration.

“The FCTA has fast-tracked the completion of the permanent Hajj Camp along the Airport Road in Abuja because of its proximity to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, and in order not to disrupt the school calendar of the Secondary School used as temporary Hajj Camp in Gwagwalada,” Mrs. Akinjide said .

“In addition to serving as camp for FCT pilgrims, the permanent Hajj camp will also serve neighbouring states of Kogi, Nasarawa and Benue for the airlifting of their pilgrims”.

The minister charged the Amirul Hajj Team to ensure that the pilgrims adhere strictly to the operational guidelines and the laws of the host country governing the pilgrimage.

Ms. Akinjide said that members of the Amirul Hajj Team were re-appointed based on their credible performance last year.

“We have retained the Team, because of the stupendous work done in 2011. It is hoped that your reappointment will afford you the opportunity to evaluate the operation and bring-up areas of improvements as I can count on your forthrightness, dedication and dynamism,” the minister stated.

The FCT 2012 Amirul Hajj Team is led by Abdullahi Mamman. Atiku Kurawa, Mustapha Khalifa and Habeebat Babata-Sulaiman are members, while members are to appoint the secretary.

Ms. Akinjide highlighted the terms of reference of the Hajj Team to include general supervision and coordination of all activities of the entire operation from Nigeria and back, ensuring safety and security of pilgrims, ensuring adherence to all rules governing the Hajj Operation, ensuring effective implementation of the Administration’s policies and programmes as they affect Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, and submission of report on the 2012 Hajj Operations.

Mr. Mamman, said members would work assiduously to accomplish its task to justify the confidence reposed in them.

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