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Gov. Makinde Appeals to Protesting Pilgrims

Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde has appealed to Muslim pilgrims on the waiting list to exercise patience.

He said his administration would work with the National Hajj Commission in resolving administrative bottlenecks causing delays.

Governor Makinde made the appeal when he received some of the intending pilgrims on a peaceful protest to his office.

While acknowledging that the challenges were due to backlog caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions based on visa quota amongst others, governor Makinde said his administration would take necessary actions and responsibilities in ensuring intending pilgrims shortlisted from Oyo state were airlifted 

He, however, expressed shock at the poor state of social facilities and conveniences at the Olodo Hajj Camp Ibadan, promising to quickly address the challenge to enable intending pilgrims to enjoy standard social facilities at the camp subsequently.

Speaking on behalf of the pilgrims on the waiting list, Alhaji Adebayo Gafar lamented their ordeal, especially the trauma of selling off personal belongings to meet the deadline for payments and enduring uncomfortable experiences at the Olodo Hajj Camp, appealing to the Governor to intervene in ensuring their efforts were not in vain by being airlifted.

They equally presented a list of all intending pilgrims yet to be airlifted to Governor Seyi Makinde for consideration and to expedite actions. 

Iyabo Adebisi

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