The Plateau State chairman of the Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, MPWB, Ado Ismaila, has said the board would not allow irresponsible women to be part of its contingent to the 2013 pilgrimage to Mecca.
The commission chairman made the disclosure in Jos, during a a press briefing where he addressed the preparedness of the state hajj board.
“We do not want to carry along with us irresponsible women to Hajj. This is an instructions from the National Haji Commission. All women intending to partake in this year’s Hajj must have a guide and must be be seen to be responsible, this is to avoid a repeat of the embarrassment that occurred in the holy land in 2012 when some women we repatriated back to Nigeria,” said Mr. Ismaila.
He said the board had screened most self-sponsored intending pilgrims but was awaiting the list of persons to be sponsored by the state and local governments councils in the state.
According to him, preparation for the 2013 hajj had reached an advanced stage. He revealed that special consideration was being given to those who missed the pilgrimage in 2012 but did not receive any refund from the board.
“Those who paid for the 2012 haji and could not make it due to some challenges will be considered first. We may not take all of them but 70 percent of such complaints would be addressed.”
Explaining the reduction in the number of pilgrims from the state, Mr. Ismaila stated that it was based on instructions from Saudi authorities due to the ongoing renovations on most infrastructures and apartments around the holy sites.
Mr. Ismaila debunked allegations that the Plateau State government under Governor Jonah Jang does not sponsor Muslim pilgrims.
He said despite being a Christian-dominated state Plateau had the highest number of government-sponsored Muslim pilgrims compared to other “Christian” states, pointing out that the number had increased under the Jang administration.
Mr. Ismaila disclosed that the pilgrims would leave the country at the end of September.
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