Govt won’t spon­sor Mus­lim, Chris­tian pil­grims in 2016

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Balarabe Alka­s­sim, Bauchi

The Bauchi State Gov­ern­ment has said it will no longer spon­sor Mus­lims or Chris­tians for pil­grim­age.

A state­ment by the Sec­re­tary to the State Gov­ern­ment, Bello Shehu Il­le­lah, said the de­ci­sion was taken as a re­sult of eco­nomic chal­lenges, ex­plain­ing, “In view of the tight fi­nan­cial po­si­tion of the state, the state gov­ern­ment will not be in a po­si­tion to spon­sor peo­ple for this year’s hajj. It is hoped that the gen­eral pub­lic will ap­pre­ci­ate the po­si­tion the gov­ern­ment found it­self.”

The Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary of the State Chris­tian Pil­grims Wel­fare Board, En­gi­neer Daniel Shawulu, made the same re­mark Tues­day when he re­ceived the North East APC Women Leader, Mrs Fa­tima Dan­juma Maicibi, say­ing the short­fall of rev­enue ne­ces­si­tated gov­ern­ments to cut its spend­ing.

Ear­lier, the North East APC Women leader urged him to jus­tify the con­fi­dence re­posed in him by the state gov­ern­ment.

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