About 13 pregnant women in Bauchi State have been exempted from travelling to Saudi Arabia to perform this year’s pilgrimage.
The Deputy Amirul Hajj of the state, Hon Yahaya Mohammad Miya who is also the speaker of the state House of Assembly disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the preparations made so far by the committee on this year’s exercise.
He said the 13 pregnant women were discovered through a rigorous screening exercise conducted on all the intending pilgrims in the state, adding that the scanning exercise conducted on some women revealed that 13 of them were pregnant and would be replaced with qualified intending pilgrims while they would be given an automatic ticket next year to perform the Hajj exercise.
Miya further explained that the 13 pregnant women were discovered from five local government areas of the state which include Katagum, Misau, Alkaleri, Dambam and Ganjuwa.
He however stated that the number of the pregnant women may increase to 30 as more women are expected to pass through the scanning process.
He disclosed that the screening exercise conducted on the Bauchi and Darazo local government councils have been cancelled due to some irregularities which necessitated the need for fresh screening exercise to ensure that only qualified intending pilgrims were allowed to travel to Saudi Arabia.
The Deputy Amirul hajj dispelled the rumors going round the town that the state pilgrims will be airlifted from Kano Airport due to the condition of the Gombe Airport, saying that all arrangements have been concluded to airlift the state intending pilgrims from Gombe Airport as 15 different committees were set up to ensure hitch free exercise.