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Published On: Fri, Jul 4th, 2014

Gov. Aliyu inaugurates c’ttees for 2014 Christian, Muslim pilgrimages

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Gov Babangida Aliyu

Gov Babangida Aliyu

Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, of Niger state, has inaugurated two committees to oversee the 2014 Christian and Muslim pilgrimages to Jerusalem and Mecca, with a charge to members of the panels to ensure smooth operation of the religious trips.

Governor Aliyu named a former Minister of Agriculture, Professor Sheikh Abdallah as the Amirul Hajj, while also retaining Barrister Abraham Yisa as the leader of the Christian team to Jerusalem.

The Amirul Hajj committee also include Ambassador Zubairu Dada, the Emir of Agaie Alhaji Yussuf Nuhu who is the Deputy Amirul Hajj and Senator Ibrahim Musa, while the Christian Pilgrimage committee include Reverend Musa Dada Chairman Niger state Christian Association of Nigeria, Mrs. Talatu Isa, Mr. Jacob Gana and the state Reporter of ThisDay newspaper, Aisha Wakaso.

Governor Aliyu reminded members of the committees that they are charged with the responsibility of assisting the faithful to perform their religious obligations as such they should ensure they did not fail in their assignments.

Aliyu also charged the committees not to alienate themselves from the pilgrims who may be traveling outside the country for this first time in their lives saying that ‘you should attend to and solve all their problems.

He disclosed that the state government will increase the subsidy given for both the Christian and Muslim pilgrimages to ensure the faithful are able to meet the fairs placed by the Federal government and stay comfortably in the Holy lands.

Responding on behalf of members of the two committees, Professor Sheikh Abdallah assured the governor that they will perform their duties to the best of their abilities.

Governor Aliyu also yesterday performed the swearing in ceremony of new Special Advisers, telling the new appointees who were former commissioners dropped from the executive council during the last cabinet shake up to take job serious.

He said unlike in the past a council of Special Advisers will be created and will meet weekly just like the state executive council to receive suggestions from the appointees and chart the way forward for the state.

Dr Aliyu warned against unnecessary conflict between the Special Advisers and Commissioners insisting that the Commissioners ‘are the Heads of their respective Ministries’.

In the same vain, Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu has appointed Mrs Deborah Salau as the Executive Director, Niger state Arts Council and sworn-in immediately.


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