Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed on Sunday said the state was expending N725 million on an ultra-modern permanent Hajj camp.
He stated this while inspecting ongoing projects in Bauchi, adding that the money was for both the permanent Hajj camp edifice and access road to it.
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“The building and facilities were constructed at the cost of N595 million, while the road linking the camp was constructed at a cost of N130 million.
“The construction of the entire building and the road is at 95% completion. The camp has a seating capacity of 1000, screening of 500 and 750 hostel capacity, with 250 for men and 500 for women,” he said.
He said upon completion, the camp would provide employment and improve livelihoods for people.
He noted that the permanent hajj camp was the biggest in Nigeria and the West African sub-region, equipped with befitting facilities.
He said the National Hajj Commission has certified the Bauchi Hajj Commission as the Zonal office for the North East, adding that both Christian and Muslim faithfuls would use the camp, given the fact that they had different timings for the transportation of their pilgrims. NAN