4 January 2013

Nigeria: Hajj - Minister Seeks More Seats for FCT

The Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Olajumoke Akinjide, has canvassed for more hajj seats for pilgrims from the FCT.

Speaking yesterday in Abuja while receiving the report of the 2012 Amirul Hajj Committee, the minister described as grossly inadequate the number of seats allocated to the FCT in 2012.

The minister, who regretted that over 220 FCT pilgrims missed last year's hajj owing to lack of visa, said those affected should be given preference this year.

She called for a more stringent medical screening of intending pilgrims to ensure their fitness.

Presenting the report earlier, the chairman of the committee and the 2012 Amirul Hajj, Major-General Bagudu Mamman (rtd), described the initial sale of the 2012 Hajj forms to the FCT Area Councils as a mistake which should be redressed.

He described as unacceptable, a situation where air carriers abandon pilgrims.

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