The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Friday pledged to redouble efforts to maintain its position as the best Hajj operator among the 36 states of the federation.
The permanent secretary, Mr Chinyeaka Ohaa, gave the assurance while bidding farewell to first batch of FCT intending pilgrims at the Hajj Camp in Abuja.
Ohaa said the FCTA had always displayed utmost commitment to doing everything possible to ensure that its contingent get the best treatment while in the Holy land.
“To achieve this feat, the administration has successfully conducted all necessary arrangements for the welfare of the contingent to the holy land.
“Early preparations of the 2019 Hajj by the FCT Pilgrims Welfare Board and the formation of various committees and sub-committees to handle all aspects of Hajj operations attest to the seriousness of the administration towards recording more successes this year,” he said.
The permanent secretary said with the commitment exhibited by the officials, in addition to the exemplary behaviour so far displayed by intending pilgrims, the 2019 Hajj would be rated even higher than those of previous years.
He also enjoined the management of the board and officials to discharge their duties diligently and assist intending pilgrims to perform the Hajj rites successfully.
The director, FCT Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Malam Muhammad Bashir, said in an effort to ensure hitch-free and successful Hajj operations, the board had conducted series of activities for the benefits of intending pilgrims.
He enjoined intending pilgrims to be law abiding by respecting all policies of Saudi Arabian authorities.
“Be patient always, avoid rumour mongering, be responsible and avoid reckless spending and above all have the fear of Allah (SWT) and remember the purpose of the journey. ”
No fewer than 2,220 intending pilgrims who registered through the FCT are expected to join over 3 million Muslims from around the world to perform the 2019 Hajj.
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