Fubara harps on good conduct, tops pilgrims’ BTA with $300 each


The Rivers state governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, has charged pilgrims from Rivers state embarking on this year’s hajj not  to engage in acts that will bring the state and the country to disrepute, but be great ambassadors.

Governor Fubara also stated that the pilgrims should engage in special prayers that will bring blessings and development to the country,  adding that the pilgrims were privileged to embark on the holy journey.

The governor gave the charge while addressing the pilgrims in preparation for their airlift at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa ,Tuesday.

“I wish you well and also say you’re privileged to embark on this holy journey. What you owe the country and state is prayers for a better country and better state. We believe strongly that you’re going to be good ambassadors to us. You will not do anything to bring any form of shame to us, so I want to join the hajj commission and every one that has supported in one way or the other to say journey mercy. Come back with blessings that will bring development and growth to our dear country,” he said.

The governor added that knowing pilgrims are having challenges with their Basic Travel Allowances (BTA), he has provided additional US $300 to each pilgrim apart from their $420, taking the BTA to US$ 720 for each pilgrim under public or private quota. 

He said his wish for them is to carry out their religious obligations conveniently and to have the capacity to carry out their hadaya rite with ease.

The Sole Administrator, Rivers State Muslim Pilgrims Board, Alhaji Diepriye Abdulrasaq, commended Governor Fubara for his kind gesture to sponsor the pilgrims to this year’s hajj, noting that without God and the governor’s fatherly support, the exercise would not have been successful.

He said the Muslim community in Rivers state were excited about the priority attention Governor Fubara has given to the welfare of Muslims in the state since his assumption of office, and assured that Muslims will continue to be law abiding citizens and pray for Rivers state as a mark of gratitude for the governor’s goodwill.