5 female intending pilgrim’s were exempted from performing this year’s Hajj operation ,The affected pilgrim’s are pregnant women, The Executive Secretary of the Nasarawa State Muslim Pilgrim’s Welfare Board, Abubakar Hassan Nalaraba stated this while briefing 2015 media team to the Holy land.
He unveiled that 5 women failed the pregnancy test conducted, He further maintained that disqualification was in line with the directive of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria to screened out pregnant women from the exercise, “Considering the hectic nature of the operation,”.
The Executive Secretary said a formidable security committee has been set up in the state as part effort to complement the arrangement of NAHCON, He asserted that the committee was set up to ensure a hitch free voyage from state camp to the take-off point, “The arrangement was to compliment the holistic approach of the Federal Government due to the security challenges in the country”,.
Speaking on the level of preparation by the board on the airlifting of intending pilgrims to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Abubakar Hassan Nalaraba appealed to intending pilgrims to be aware of the change of date by NAHCON, Stating that 23/08/2015 has been scheduled for the take-off of pilgrims from the state.
“Kaduna state pilgrims will be airlifted follow by pilgrims from Nasarawa state and subsequently Kogi state, He affirmed that over 1500 E-passport are ready for intending pilgrims, Saying 3 flight are expected to airlift pilgrims, He added that 182 intending pilgrim’s are yet to acquire their travelling documents.
Commenting on the appointment of the former Governor of the state, Abdullahi Adamu as the state Amirul Hajj to this year’s Hajj operation, The Executive Secretary applauded the state Governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura for appointing a season leader and a technocrat as the leader of Nasarawa state delegation.
“The former Governor is a bulldozer and a workaholic statesman and his appointment would bring good fortune for the state in the conduct of this year’s Hajj operation, Said Nalaraba.
The Executive Secretary of the NSMPWB called for synergy and mutual understanding between the NAHCON reporters and state media team, He cautioned Journalists to abide by the code and ethics of the pen profession while at the holy land.