FCT Administration Assures Smooth 2024 Hajj Pilgrimage Amidst Challenges

The Federal Capital Territory Administration has reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring a seamless 2024 Hajj pilgrimage, pledging proactive measures to address potential challenges encountered by officials and intending pilgrims.

Dr. Mariya Mahmoud, the FCT Minister of State, reiterated this commitment during a one-day seminar held for officials and intending pilgrims at the Permanent Hajj Camp in Abuja. Represented by her Chief of Staff, Dr. Abdullahi Isah, Mahmoud emphasized the administration’s proactive stance in ensuring compliance with relevant policies and guidelines for the pilgrimage.

The seminar aimed to educate participants about potential challenges during the Hajj in Saudi Arabia, underscoring the administration’s dedication to achieving greater success in the exercise. Mahmoud highlighted the implementation of strategies by the FCT Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board to ensure the success of this year’s Hajj, expressing confidence in the operation’s overall success.

She emphasized the administration’s commitment to providing optimal treatment for the FCT contingent, aiming for a superior experience compared to other states or entities. Mahmoud expressed conviction that with collective commitment and cooperation, coupled with the conduct of intending pilgrims, the 2024 Hajj operation would surpass previous ones.

Abubakar Evuti, Director of the FCT Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, disclosed that the board had conducted educational and orientation exercises in two phases, with a radio enlightenment program set to commence post-fasting. Despite a low turnout of intending pilgrims attributed to high hajj fares, Evuti assured continued efforts aligned with the FCT Administration’s objectives.

The reassurance from the FCT Administration comes in the wake of concerns raised by Senator Ali Ndume, the Chief Whip of the Senate, regarding the increase in fees for the 2024 Hajj by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria. Ndume criticized the hike as unfair, denouncing it as a deliberate attempt to hinder Nigerian Muslims from participating in the pilgrimage.

 

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