Barrister Auwal Abdullahi, Executive Secretary Plateau State Muslim Pilgrims Board
From Shittu Salisu – Jos
The Concerned Muslim Pilgrims Monitoring Group (CMPMG), in Plateau State, said the 2018 pilgrimage was “successfully, transparently and sincerely carried out”.
It commended Governor Simon Lalong for his concern over the general welfare of the states’ pilgrims.
The CMPMG also urged the Plateau Governor to retain the Executive Secretary of the State Pilgrims Welfare Board, Barrister Auwal Abdullahi, for his foresight and meaningful reforms that have advanced the welfare of pilgrims.
The group in its annual independent report, released on the 7th of December, 2018, signed by Chairman, Auwal Abubakar, Coordinator Comrade, Shittu Tanko, and Secretary Comrade, Abdullahi Auta, stressed that most of the reforms put in place by the Executive Secretary were what the previous leadership of the board lacked.
According to the group, pilgrims welfare was accorded priority at all levels of the hajj exercise in 2018, stressing that all approved entiltilments of staff, Ulamah, and high powered Government delegation were duly released to each and every one of them.
It said: “The fact that the measures put in place by the board’s Executive Secretary, Barr. Auwal Abdullahi, being the first timer has made an unprecedented feat of success and set the pace of transparency and sanity, we recommend that his Excellency Governor, Simon Lalong, should retain him. This we recommend in order that the speedy positive gains are consolidated to greatness.”
The group stated that one other achievement of the excercise was that all intending pilgrims from the State have performed the 2018 pilgrimage, board.
“Once again we make bold to say, that a great departure from rots to good hope of rescue in the board is a good step for posterity to reflect on, unlike previous years where the exercises were characterized by leftovers, in other words termed as hajj ‘deferrers,’ the feat of having all the 815, intending pilgrims travelled and performed the Islamic rites at eased is certainly worthy of mentioning.
“All processes of documentations, screening, health checks and pilgrimage orientation were carried out successfully,” it emphasized.
The group observed that delay in release of funds, hampered access to accommodation closed to the Grand Mosque, as targeted by the board, no adequate drugs in the medical team of the board and that some assigned government officials on the entourage of the Amirul Hajj, absconded away from their duties, by returning back home much earlier than scheduled, among other observations.
It further recommended the timely release of funds to enable payments of pilgrims accommodation close to the Grand Mosque, that the board ES, should be retained, that henceforth, all assigned members of Government delegation must stay till final airlift of the pilgrims.
“That funds should be added to cater for vaccines in the state medical team. That allocation of Government sponsored seats, should continue to be through the process and discretion of the board as carried out in the period under review,” it recommended.
The group said all achievements were also the results of goodwill and determination of Governor Simon Lalong’s, quest of not only rescuing the board but to that of ensuring that right things are done in the right directions.
“Generally, the performances of the board and the conduct of the pilgrims were to say the least excellent steps and efforts to the right path to betterments of pilgrimage.
“We must commend Governor Simon Lalong, for his concerned over the general welfare of the pilgrims, his restructuring of the board, which led to the credible appointment of Barrister, Auwal Abdullahi, as Executive Secretary of the board in particular and general improvement in the board,” it stated.