Gov. Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State on Tuesday said that the Federal Government had shown commitment to construct a 5,000-bed pilgrims’ camp in Bauchi.
Yuguda said this shortly after receiving the 2013 Muslims Pilgrimage Report submitted by the state’s Amirul Hajj (Team Leader), the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Adamu.
He said that the effort was to make possible the transportation of the 2014 intending pilgrims from the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport Bauchi and to also ensure the comfort of the pilgrims.
“This year’s pilgrims will take off from our international airport.
“We have approached President Goodluck Jonathan to construct a 5,000-bed pilgrim’s camp like the one we have in Lagos.
“And it appears he is favourably disposed to committing resources and building this camp in Bauchi State, the second of its kind in Nigeria.
“We hope that the inconvenience that our pilgrims in Bauchi State have been suffering by travelling long distances like they used to, to Kano and of recent to Gombe State, will now abate.
“Because they will no longer suffer the discomfort of travelling all the way from here to Gombe State to be airlifted to the holy land and when they are coming back in the same manner they will land in their state capital,” he said.
Yuguda commended the State Muslim Pilgrims’ Welfare Board for doing a very good job and thanked the members of the committee for working tirelessly to ensure a hitch-free 2013 Hajj.
He said their effort had made Bauchi state to emerge as the best and the most organised team in the country.
Earlier, Alhaji Rilwan Adamu said that 2,920 pilgrims participated in the 2013 Hajj describing it as “a huge success.”
According to him, priority was given to those performing Hajj for the first time.
He, however, expressed regret the passing away of one of the pilgrims, Hajiya Adama Yusai, from Gamawa Local Government Area of the state, after falling from 11th floor at the state’s female residence.
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