￼THE Saudi authorities on Saturday in Makkah said over 1.3 million pilgrims from around the world would perform this year’s Hajj rites at Arafat on Monday.
A Saudi official, Marwan Zubaidi, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makkah that pilgrims’ transportation to Mina on the way to Arafat would begin on Saturday night.
He said the “ascending and descending’’ committee had concluded all arrangements to ease the movement of pilgrims to the Holy sites, as directed by the Hajj Minister, Bandar Hajjar.
Zubaidi assured that adequate arrangements had been made for pilgrims who would want to spend the night at Mina, to do so without hassle.
The official, who is the Secretary of the General Car Syndicate (NAQABA), said buses and guides had been deployed to the various camps in Makkah to ease movement to Mina.
“Special shuttle bus services have also been provided for 563,000 pilgrims from Europe, Eastern Asia, non-Arab Africa and Iran,’’ he said.
Zubaidi also said regular bus services would be available for 750,000 Southern Asia and Arab pilgrims.
Eid-el-Kabir: Ram sellers decry low patronage in Edo
Meanwhile, ram sellers in Edo have lamented low patronage, barely three days to the Eid-el-Kabir festival.
Some of them who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Auchi, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo, attributed this development to the prevailing economic situation in the country.
Alhaji Usman Adamu, a ram seller in Jettu market, blamed the low patronage on cash squeeze in the country.
“Our customers that used to buy our rams, tell us that they don’t have money, while the civil servants are telling us that salary has not been paid.
“Last year, we made a lot of sales due to the early payment of salaries to workers, but this year, the customers are complaining of lack of money,’’ he said.
Adamu appealed to the government to pay salaries ahead of Sallah, to enable Muslims buy the rams.
Another ram seller at Aviele market, Malam Kabiru Sado, said that during past festivities, he was selling an average of 20 rams daily, lamenting that this year, he could hardly sell four per day.
“I used to sell up to 25 rams in a day because people came from other neighbouring villages to buy, but now, I hardly sell four as the buyers complain of lack of money,’’ he said.
NAN reports that a big ram costs N100,000; an average one, N55,000, while a small ram sells for N35,000.
He said 500 buses had been stationed at Arafat as part of measures to forestall any delay, and ensure the success of the exercise.
Eid-El-Kabir: Prices of rams drop in Gombe
Low patronage has forced a drop in the prices of rams in Gombe metropolis, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
A survey conducted in different markets across the metropolis, indicated about 16 per cent drop in prices.
It showed that a ram that cost N60,000 last week, now sells for N50,000 while that of N30,000, had its price tag dropping to N25,000.
The survey also indicated a drop in the price of small rams, from N11,000, to N8,500.
Malam Abubakar Yellow, Secretary of Livestock Dealers Association, Pantami Livestock market branch in Gombe metropolis, told NAN that the drop in prices, was anticipated as there was a general problem of cash squeeze in the state and the country.
Malam Adamu Usman, a livestock dealer at Livestock Market,Chechenya branch in Bauchi metropolis, said they were forced to reduce the price as civil servants that constituted the bulk of their customers, had not been paid salary.
“Civil servants constitute the bulk of our customers; I believe if government pays them this month’s salary before Sallah, we shall see changes”, Usman said.
Usman said that their biggest challenge, was spending a lot of money to feed the animals, lamenting that they might not make any profit.
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