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FCTA To Improve On Hajj Operation In 2013 – Akinjide
…Amirul Hajj Team Recommends Upward Review of Hajj Seats for FCT
Saturday, January 05, 2013
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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has reiterated
its commitment to improve on the Hajj Operation in 2013 and
address whatever shortcoming witnessed during the last exercise to
The Honourable Minister of State for FCT, Oloye Olajumoke
Akinjide, gave the assurance while receiving the 2012 Hajj Report
presented to her by the Chairman of the FCT Amirul Hajj Team,
Gen. Abdullahi Bagudu Mamman (rtd).
The minister stated that the FCTA was determined to excel in the
Hajj exercise and would continue to ensure transparency in the
She said, “Let me commend the FCT Amirul Hajj Team for its candor
and assure that the Administration would study the report and
remedy the observed shortcomings. The report is a roadmap for us
to improve on the Hajj exercise for the 2013.
“We are pained that out of the over 2,800 intending pilgrims for FCT,
about 320 people couldn’t make it due to non-issuance of visa. This
is already being investigated in order to avoid a repeat of it. The 320
persons who couldn’t perform the Hajj in 2012 would be considered
first for the 2013 Hajj Operation.”
Akinjide also disclosed that the Administration would ensure
transparency in the sale of the hajj form for this year to prevent
On the Hajj Camp sited near the Nnamdi Azikiwe International
Airport, Abuja, the minister assured the permanent camp would be
completed to provide a conducive environment for intending Muslim
Earlier in his remarks, Mamman stated that the Team recommended
a review of the existing allocation of hajj seats to FCT.
“FCT should not be seen as an administrative unit. It is cosmopolitan
in nature. The Presidency is also part of FCT. We recommended an
upward review of allocation of hajj seats to FCT. The Team also
recommended that efforts should be intensified to complete the
permanent hajj camp,” he stated.
He expressed concern over the shabby treatment meted to FCT
pilgrims by one of the approved airlines for the Hajj which diverted its
aircraft to other states and urged the FCTA to take action on the
airline to avoid future occurrence.
He disclosed that the FCT recorded one death during the pilgrimage
to Mecca and two cases of pregnant women who performed the hajj.
Special Assistant (Media & Publicity) to the Hon. Minister of State for
3rd January, 2013