Adamawa State Government has approved the release of N33 million for the payment of the second batch of 2016 Christian Pilgrims to the Holy Land.
The Executive Secretary of the Adamawa State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board (CPWB), Mr. Joshua Atiku, disclosed this while speaking to newsmen shortly after addressing the 2016 second batch who have not collected their Pilgrims Basic Travelling Allowance (BTA).
Mr. Atiku, at the Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, over the weekend, maintained that the board will ensure that the affected pilgrims collects their Basic Travelling Allowance as soon as possible aimed at alleviating their hardship.
He called on the pilgrims to bring along relevant documents such as international passports, boarding pass among others as proof that they undertook the trip, adding that no payment would be made by proxy.
Speaking on the efforts of the Governor, the Executive Secretary of the board applauded the gesture of Governor Muhammadu Jibrila for given a hearing ear to the people irrespectively of political or religious obligations to ensure that the Christian community in Adamawa gets the best despite constraints.
He further disclosed that Governor Muhammadu Jibrilla had promised the board that other pilgrims who couldn’t make the Holy Land last year will be given priority this year or next year, and thanked the second batch for exercising patience despite the delay in the payment.
Also speaking, the chairman of the board, who is also the Bishop of LCCN, Yola Diocese, Rev. Amos Yakubu, appreciated them for their patience and called on them to always portray and protect the image of Christian in the state.
In a similar development, the Adamawa State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board (MPWB) has commences the collection of the 2018 Hajj fare which is fixed at N1.5 million.
The Executive secretary of the Board Engineer, Umar Bobboi, while speaking to newsmen in his office, disclosed that the measure is aimed at ensuring that the exercise is devoid of any hitch and to enable all intending Pilgrims to pay their Hajj fare installmentally rather than paying it at once.
Engr. Umar Bobboi noted that after the meeting with its schedule officers across the twenty-one local government areas, it was agreed that all the council areas must be allocated Hajj seats.
He warned all the schedule officers in the local government councils not to collect any cash payment from intending pilgrims except Bank draft from designated banks, as the Board will not hesitate to take decisive action on any official caught to be collecting cash from any intending pilgrims.
Bobboi, who spoke on the new increase of the Hajj fare, attributed the increase to the high rate of exchange of Naira to Dollar, but assured that the board will not rest in their oars to ensure is recorded in the 2018 Hajj exercise saying the success would be determined by cooperation and support from intending pilgrims.
According to Bobboi, Adamawa State has been allocated 2,601 seats for the year 2018 Hajj exercise, stressing that Hajj rudiments, rules and regulations from both Nigeria and that of the Saudi authorities must be adhered with.
He charged all intending-pilgrims to, as a matter of necessity, visit the education centres established by the board where all of them will be taught in the rudiments of Nigeria and Saudi rules and regulations to sure they don not fall into temptations.