1,000 Pilgrims this year’s Hajj…Alhaji M.S.Kargbo and Co. Prepare Ground.

By Alhaji M.B Jalloh, Information Attaché, Riyadh-Saudi Arabia

A two- man Hajj Mission delegation led by Alhaji M.S Kargbo, Special Assistant to His Excellency the President and Alhaji Salieu Mansaray, Technical Advisor, Office of the Vice President arrived in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia few days back. The two men who also double as members of the government’s National Hajj Coordinating Committee (NHCC) arrived on Monday 28th May, 2012 to make preparations for the 2012 Muslim Pilgrimage (Hajj).

The Liaison Officer of the Sierra Leone Mission in Riyadh, Sorie Ibrahim Kanu represented the Embassy. In a telephone interview with this reporter, head of delegation, Alhaji M.S Kargbo said that they will be meeting with the Saudi Hajj authorities in Mecca and Medina, adding that, the meeting will be for the Sierra Leone Hajj Mission to give feedback to the Saudi authorities on the experiences of Sierra Leonean pilgrims last year and to receive information on preparations and new policies for this year’s Hajj programme.

“We will also be inspecting hostels both in Mecca and Medina, the criteria and proximity to the holy shrine as well as conducive environment for our would-be pilgrims would also be taking into account,” Kargbo maintained. The NHCC is expecting about One Thousand pilgrims (1,000) to perform this year’s pilgrimage, remarked the head of delegation, M.S. Kargbo. This will be a significant improvement from last year, when 753 Sierra Leonean pilgrims were recorded to have performed the Hajj,” Kargbo observed. He concluded by commending the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz and Crown Prince for the efforts and care showed to the pilgrims last year, not forgetting ongoing projects in the Holy Sites relating to the expansion of the Two Holy Mosques.

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