2024 Hajj Operations: Mahmoud Inaugurates 7-Man Committee

By: Freda Aideyan

The FCT Minister of State, Dr. Mariya Mahmoud, has inaugurated a 7-man committee to ensure the implementation of the administration policies and programmes as they affect the 2024 Hajj operation both onshore and offshore.

During the inauguration, the Minister said that FCT was among the three states, FCT, Nasarawa, and Kebbi that were first to be airlifted to Saudi Arabia.

“We are happy to witness this 2024 Hajj operations, as activities have started. Hajj operation is full of several activities. However, I can assure you that we do not have anything that will prevent us from having a successful airlift for our intending pilgrims. So we thank Almighty Allah for His guidance,” the Minister of State remarked.

Her words:”I think we’re going to have a seven-member committee, and it is going to be chaired by the Senior Special Assistant on Administration and Strategy Administration and Strategy to the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Abdullahi Isah Kauramata,” she stated.

Mahmoud commended the FCT Minister, Barrister Nyesom Wike, for the support given to the FCT Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board in the area of decent accommodation and sundry issues.

According to her, “the Minister of FCT, Barrister Nyesom Wike, has really done a lot for us. We have taken so many files and all have been approved without any hesitation”.

She, however, expressed confidence in the ability of the committee to succeed in its assignment, saying “I have a feeling that FCT will be the best”.

Responding on behalf of the committee, the Chairman of the committee and Senior Special Assistant on Administration and Strategy Administration and Strategy, Dr. Abdullahi Isah Kauramata, thanked the FCT Administration for the confidence reposed in the committee.

He emphasised that the confidence will serve as a stimulant for members to deliver on their mandate.

He said, “I want to, on behalf of all of you, inform and assure the Minister of State that the 2024 Hajj operation will be a successful operation for the FCT”.

The Terms of Reference (ToR) of the committee include the general supervision and coordination of all FCT Hajj activities, from Nigeria to Saudi Arabia, until the return of the last flight back to Nigeria; to provide advice and guidance during the course of the operation; to ensure that all the officials, perform their duties optimally, and to ensure safety and security of the pilgrims.

Others ToR include ensuring adherence to all the rules of the 2024 Hajj operations; ensure adherence to all new policies and programmes introduced by the Saudi authorities for the 2024 Hajj, to ensure effective implementation of the administration policies and programmes as they affect the Muslim pilgrims, welfare board 2024 Hajj operation; to submit report to the Honourable Ministers with recommendations; and any other activity or any other assignment or any other advice that will contribute to the success of this 2024 Hajj operations.