Dozens of Pilgrims Set To Miss Out On This Year’s Hajj – Another Hajjgate Looms
With barely less than two weeks before the first batch of the eight hundred would be pilgrims for this year to leave for the Holy Land of Mecca, dozens of intending pilgrims who had made their full payments before the deadline date stipulated by the Hajj Committee have raised serious concerns over the manner in which the committee headed by the Vice President and First Lady has treated them.
Some of the victims that spoke to this medium revealed that, their hopes of performing this year’s pilgrimage have been dashed to the gutters after the Hajj Committee had made it clear to them that they will not be included on the list of pilgrims even though they had made their full payments way before the deadline for reasons they say are unconnected to their party loyalty and the alleged selling of their slots for an alleged two or three thousand dollars by members of the committee.
However, the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs together with the Hajj Committee members have swiftly responded to these allegations with a Press Release noting that monies paid into the bank account of this year’s hajj will be fully refunded without delay while also reaffirming their commitment to providing a hassle free hajj.
This premise, according to the victims, have been termed as ‘’a reckless cover-up’’ and therefore called on the ACC to investigate the circumstances surrounding the plight.
They continue that, the two banking institutions have been providing solid banking environment with the aim of protecting the people of Sierra Leone in the industrial world with stable economic system and that there is always constructive cordiality between the clients and the tellers, especially in the area of advising customers on how to manage their accounts and established strong relationship with the bank.
They commended the administration of the bank for maintaining banking principles with professional staffs who are expert in monetary transactions and that there is no way fraudulent activities would arise due to computerized system which the banks are operating in-order to protect the national coffer with the implementation of the single treasury account policy by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED).
The confident patrons expressed their profound gratitude to the administration of SLCB and RCB for improving the standard of the banks with quality service delivering, in a bid to encourage foreign exchange with a safe banking system to support economic transformation.
They therefore call on the general public and private investors to bank with these trustworthy financial institutions that have robust teller facilities which will ensure quality monetary service delivery and safety.
However, hundreds of influential Business backers in Freetown and beyond have therefore commended both SLCB and RCB for executing superb leadership role in line with international best practice which will activate and stabilize the economy of the state rapidly.
By Ibrahim Alusine Kamara
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