Kaduna State government has assured that all intending pilgrims will be airlifted to Saudi Arabia for the 2015 Hajj exercise, saying adequate measures have been put in place to check racketeering.
Chairman of the Task Force for the 2015 Hajj, Senator Sani Saleh, gave the assurance while inaugurating state officials at the Mando Hajj Transit Camp yesterday.
The chairman said any intending pilgrim who has made complete payment and has been allocated a seat should write to the task force, stressing that it will address complaints that might impede a smooth exercise.
He acknowledged that in previous years, intending pilgrims were defrauded by unscrupulous hajj officials, but this year the situation will be different.
“Apart from introducing the e-tracking system, the task force has meticulously gone through the list of pilgrims, local government by local government, with their respective pilgrim officers, adding that structures have been put in place to ensure a hitch-free exercise.”
Earlier, the Emir of Birnin Gwari and the State Ameerul Hajj, Alhaji Zubairu Jibril Maigwari II, advised officials to give priority to the welfare of pilgrims in Saudi Arabia, as that is their primary responsibility.
The emir added that the responsibility of looking after pilgrims in Saudi Arabia is as rewarding as the actual performance of pilgrimage, saying some officials should sacrifice the hajj and dedicate their time to serving the pilgrims.
He prayed to Allah (SWT) to guide the hajj officials in the discharge of the enormous responsibility that has been given to them.
Earlier, a lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Dr. Ismail Shehu, advised hajj officials to always be patient with pilgrims while in Saudi Arabia.
According to him, officials will encounter pilgrims of diverse orientation and background, but they should treat them with courtesy and respect. The university don advised the officials to always wear their uniforms at the Holy Land.

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