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Minister Moijueh Kaikai Begs for Muslims in Saudi Arabia
By Alhaji M.B Jalloh Media Attache, Saudi Arabia
May 29, 2013, 17:08

Sierra Leone’s Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Moijueh Kaikai has made a kind appeal to Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Pilgrimage, Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Hajjar to kindly increase the quota allocation for Sierra Leone from 750 pilgrims in 2012 to 1,000 for this year. This according to the minister is due to Sierra Leone’s large Muslim population.


Minister Kaikai made this plea on Monday 27th May 2013 in a meeting with Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Hajjar in down town Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. 


The minister was accompanied to Saudi Arabia by a team comprising of Alhaji M.S Kargbo, Special Assistant to His Excellency the President on Political Affairs who also doubles as a senior member of the National Hajj Coordinating Committee and Dr. Ahmed Ramadan Jalloh, one of the senior Muslim scholars representing the Muslim community in Sierra Leone.


Welcoming the Sierra Leone delegation, the Saudi Minister praised President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma for sending Minister Kaikai to Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj arrangements. He said that shows the importance President Koroma attaches to the Muslim pilgrimage, (Hajj).


He stressed the depth of relationship and bonds of brotherhood between the two brotherly countries.
The Saudi Minister disclosed his ministry’s plans to the Sierra Leone delegation about this year’s Hajj season. He said to them that one of the plans the ministry is intending to implement is to create the digital information system, which will allow pilgrims access to all the services offered prior to their departure until returning back to their countries.

 

He also said his government has embarked on major projects that seek to expand the area of the Holy Mosque in Mecca and Medina to accommodate more pilgrims, adding that, the project in Mecca if completed before this year’s Hajj season will accommodate over four million Muslim worshippers at a time.

 

“The new design of the mosque will house other facilities around the area that include conference halls, residential buildings, command centers to control the flow of traffic, security and other services,” he said.

 

Responding, Minister Kaikai conveyed heartfelt greetings and felicitations from His Excellency the President of Sierra Leone, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud his Government and the people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

 

Kaikai expressed satisfaction with the relationship between the two countries, pointing out that, Sierra Leone and Saudi Arabia started enjoying cordial relationship since both countries entered into diplomatic relations in the late 1970’s.

 

He also praised the Kingdom under the intellectual leadership of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, for its care and attention to pilgrims in general and Sierra Leone pilgrims in particular as well as its facilities and achievements in Makkah, Madinah and all the holy sites which have enabled them to perform their rituals easily and comfortably over the years.


Minister Kaikai also praised the accomplishments of the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque in the implementation of the large-scale expansion projects and provision of excellent services in Makkah, Madinah and all the holy sites.


The Sierra Leone head of delegation also commended the Saudi Government for improving and expanding “Jamaraat”, the area in which pilgrims perform the ceremonial stoning of the wall that symbolizes the Devil.



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