Jigawa Emir Calls For Decentralization Of Hajj Commission

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    By: ABUBAKAR AHMADU MAISHANU, Dutse

    A call  on the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency  return to logistical autonomy to State Pilgrims Board so that they can handle the preparations and logistical issues of their pilgrims, as well taking full responsibility for success or failure, has been made.

    The Emir of Hadejia in Jigawa State, Alh. Adamu Abubakar Maje Haruna made the call shortly after presenting a report on  this year’s Hajj operation to Governor Muhammad  Badaru Abubakar at the Government House Dutse.

    “It is my ardent hope that we should agitate for greater autonomy to  our state pilgrims board for them to have greater autonomy to enable us arrange the best Hajj exercise annually using internationally accredited consolidated agents and leave NAHCON to handle visa and consular issues as a federal agency, since this is what obtains in virtually all Muslim countries,” he said.

    The Emir noted that  despite shortcomings faced by his committee, this year’s operation remains a big success.

    Least among problems encountered include inadequate lift/escalators  in some of the houses rented for Jigawa pilgrims at the Holy Land, since this situation caused a lot of inconveniences to their pilgrims particularly during rush hours as the escalators were over stretched due to high demand of  usage.

    Least among its recommendations include government should kick start preparations for annual Hajj almost immediately after the completion of the exercise because most of the issues that arise have  to do with timing.

    Others include early booking of accommodation to ensure that they get the best location at the least possible price instead of waiting for demand to build up and it becomes a seller’s market.

    The Emir hoped government will study the observations and recommendations raised as it was contained in this report with a view to improving future Hajj Operations in Jigawa State.

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