The executive secretary Taraba state Muslims Pilgrim Welfare Board, Alhaji Umar Adamu Leme Monday said the National Hajj Commission has allocated 1,575 seats to the Muslim faithful in Taraba state for the 2019 Hajj operation in Saudi Arabia.
Leme, who stated this in Jalingo while briefing newsmen said with the support of governor Darius Ishaku, the board has visited the Saudi Arabia twice to secure decent accommodation to intending pilgrims from the state.
“We have visited Saudi Arabia twice, and during our visit, we were able to secure decent accommodation for our intending pilgrims close to the prophet mosque. And we were able to negotiate for their feeding arrangement and transportation with our contractor through the national hajj commission” he said.
He noted that intending pilgrims from the state have made it a point of duty to pray for peace in Taraba and the country at large.
“We will pray for peace in Taraba and Nigeria.
We will also pray for the security challenges that the country is facing at the moment” he noted.
He informed that the population of those indicating interest for this year’s hajj operation is far less than the population of the previous years.
“This year, people are not really interested for hajj operation because of the economy challenges in the country” he said.