The Dutse Local Government of Jigawa has inaugurated a 12-member committee to screen prospective pilgrims in the area for the 2017 Hajj.
The council’s Information Officer, Malam Garba Ya’u, made this known to our reporter on Wednesday in Dutse.
Ya’u said that the gesture was part of preparations ahead of the annual pilgrimage, and was to enable intending pilgrims prepare adequately for the journey.
The council’s spokesperson added that the committee was mandated to rigorously screen intending pilgrims to ensure that only indigenes of the area acquire the Hajj seats.
Ya’u said that the committee had the Caretaker Committee Chairman of the council Malam Adamu Iliyasu, as Chairman.
He explained that the council’s Secretary, Malam Yakubu Muhammad who inaugurated the committee, charged its members to discharge their duty with probity and fear of God.
The spokesperson added that the secretary further called on intending pilgrims to cooperate with the committee for the success of the exercise.
Ya’u said that the committee’s chairman pledged to work diligently and in the best interest of the council.
According to him, the state’s Pilgrims Welfare Board had allocated 162 Hajj seats to the local government area.