Vice President of Sierra Leone, Juldeh Jalloh, has affirmed that this year’s Hajj was successful because it was done without bias as they distributed the scholarships devoid of tribalism, regional bias or party affiliation.
He said they distributed them according to merit.
Vice President Jalloh and the Committee of Eminent Muslims worked with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Children and Gender Affairs also responsible for Religious Affairs. Hajj scholarships are sponsored from Qatar and other Muslim countries.
President Bio was present before the departure of this year’s pilgrims to the holy land. In his address to the 828 Muslims, he expressed his goodwill message and bade farewell to the pilgrims and admonished them to pray for the country.
The first batch of pilgrims reportedly left on a special chartered flight from Freetown.
A total of 414 pilgrims (men and women) left Freetown Monday night 13th August, 2018 whilst the second batch of 414 left the following day.
Ahead of the 2019 Hajj, Vice President Jalloh said the government will request from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia increase the scholarship quotas to 1500 because many brothers and sisters in Islam cannot afford the exorbitant air fares to Mecca to make the Hajj.