By Muhammad Hadi

Niger State Amirul Hajj for the 2019 pilgrimage, Engr. Inuwa Musa Kuta has expressed his displeasure over the conduct of the Area Pilgrims Welfare Officer for Borgu Local Government Area, Alh. Mukhtar Liman who directed pilgrims from his LGA to stay behind for another night at Muna pilgrims camp after the state pilgrims were completely ferried to Makkah after the stoning of Jamrah, a symbol of the devil; which also marks the end and completion of the Hajj rites.
The Amirul Hajj made his feelings known at an interactive session with the APWOs, his team and the management of the state pilgrims welfare board in Makkah, yesterday.
Engr. Kuta assured that the erring APWO will be served with a query on why disciplinary action should not be taken against for insubordination to serve as deterrent to others.
Kuta advocated for the appointment of female assistant APWOs to serve the interest of female pilgrims, as there are no-go areas for males APWOs when cases that requires female privacy arises.
He then called on all APWOs to rededicate themselves so as to achieve the desired goal, stressing that his team will in no distant future institutionalise a way of rewarding hard work, drawing first position and runners-up and also to punish those found wanting.
In their separate submissions, the local government Area Pilgrims Welfare Officers’s assessment so far on the 2019 pilgrimage, reported success stories because there were no casualties recorded, and in terms of accommodation and transportation were stress free.
However, pilgrims from Wushishi, Gbako, Suleja, Bida and Mokwa met the services of conmen, as they were duped various sums of money ranging from 700 Dollars to 400 and 300 Saudi Riyals to total loss of the entire BTA. Pilgrims mostly affected were famales from the grassroots.
Engr. Inuwa Kuta while responding, assured that despite the board’s budget deficit and lean resources they will find a way of finding succour to the affected pilgrims.
In terms of feeding, it was observed that there was late delivery of meals to pilgrims, also the quality and quantity of food served was inadequate and insufficient.
The APWO in charge of Suleja LGA complained bitterly that for over ten years now, his local government have always been on the last batch. He then appealed for reversal of the trend.