The governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, on Thursday, has announced his government’s readiness to make the state’s 2020 Hajj Exercise the best in the country.
The governor’s spokesperson, Yusuf Idris, in a statement to HAJJREPORTERS said the governor is committed toward achieving the fate as the state has since commenced preparation for the 2020 hajj exercise.
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The governor made the announcement today while receiving the 2019 Hajj Exercise reports from the Chairman of the state government delegation and Amirul Hajj of the state, Justice Lawal Hassan Gummi and that of the state Pilgrims Commission from the commission’s Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar S. Pawa Danko.
Matawalle who expressed concern over the uncomfortable conditions the state’s pilgrims go through annually due to poor facilities and other basic amenities assured that the state government will look at all the loopholes and issues raised in the two separate reports with a view to addressing them.
He said, while the government will complete renovation work at the state Pilgrims Camp to make it more befitting, it will ensure that the state’s contingents receive the best treatment in terms of accommodation, healthcare, visitations, feeding and any other aspect that will facilitate the welfare and comfort of the Pilgrims during the next Hajj exercise.
On the issue of activities of criminals who usually deceive Pilgrims during such exercises, the governor promised to set up an investigation into their activities especially the commission’s officials who were said to have swindled some of the unsuspecting pilgrims during this year’s Hajj so that they will be punished and removed from participating in future exercises.
The governor who commended the effort of the leaders of the state’s delegation directed them to commence preparation for the 2020 Hajj exercise.
Earlier in his report, the state Amirul Hajj and Emir of Gummi, Justice Hassan Gummi requested the governor to complete the multi million naira renovation work at the Pilgrims Camp, take over the feeding of the state’s contingent while in Madina as is done in Makkah and ensure the comfort of the Pilgrims both at home and while in the Holy land.
The occasion was attended by Deputy Governor, Barr Mahdi Aliyu Gusau, Deputy Speaker, Honourable Musa Bawa Musa, State PDP Chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Mallaha Gusau, Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Bala Bello Maru, Head of Service, Alhaji Kabiru Balarabe, Chief of Staff Government House, Col Bala Mande rtd and Permanent Secretaries among others.
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