Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, his deputy, Philip Shaibu and the Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie, have sponsored 50 intending pilgrims from the state to this year’s Hajj.
The Chairman, Edo State Muslim Pilgrims Board, Sheikh Ibrahim Oyarekhua, disclosed this, saying they personally sponsored the beneficiaries with their funds.
Sheikh Ibrahim said the governor sponsored 40 persons, deputy governor six while the Secretary to the State Government sponsored four pilgrims.
He revealed this yesterday in Benin when Governor Obaseki visited the Hajj camp to bid farewell to the 432 intending pilgrims who would be airlifted on Thursday to Makkah.
“The 432 intending pilgrims including two officials are going for this year’s Hajj. 190 are female while 244 are male. This is the first time since the creation of the state that we have this huge number of intending pilgrims. The governor has been very supportive.”