*Says honour is a big challenge to him
The Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, on Monday, commissioned the Bauchi Hajj Camp constructed and named after him by the administration of Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed.
This was according to Lawal Muazu Bauchi, the New Media Aide to Governor of Bauchi State.
Speaking during the ceremony, the Sultan, who is Chairman of National Traditional Rulers Council of Nigeria (NTRCN), appreciated Governor Bala for the construction of the facility in accordance to international standard.
Sultan Abubakar said naming the facility after him was a challenge to him and, therefore, that he would do everything possible to the best of his ability to ensure its proper utilization.
He appealed to Governor Bala not to relent in working for the welfare of his people adding that by so doing, it will contribute to the success of his administration.
In his speech, Governor Bala said the Hajj Camp has an administrative block, camp clinic, screening hall, multipurpose hall, a mosque and lock-up shops.
Others, according to the Governor, include food canteen, male and female hostels, kitchen and other conviniences.
He said all those facilities had been provided for the optimum comfort and safety of intending pilgrims to the Holy Land.
Governor Bala added that his administration decided to construct the new Hajj Camp because of the bad condition of the former temporary one at Games Village, hence the need to provide conducive environment for pilgrims and officials during Hajj exercise.
Governor Bala therefore charged the State Muslim Welfare Board to ensure proper utilization and maintenance of the camp.
Also speaking, the Chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Alhaji Zikrullahi Hassan, represented by the National Commissioner in charge of operations, Alhaji Magaji Hardawa, said the newly constructed Hajj Camp is one of the best in the entire African continent.
Others speakers at the ceremony included the Speaker of Bauchi State House of Assembly, Rt Honorable Abubakar Y. Sulaiman, who described the facility as a legacy project and assured their support to proper utilization of the camp.