NAHCON plans hitch-free hajj for pilgrims
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has pledged to ensure hitch-free hajj in 2020, with pilgrims’ accommodations not situated more than two kilometres away from the Holy Mosque in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
The commission, however, said that shuttle buses must be provided to transport pilgrims if their accommodations are situated more than two kilometers.
Fatima Usara, Head of Public Affairs of NAHCON, said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
Usara said the move was aimed at reducing the stress pilgrims at the holy mosque usually go through.
She said that the commission has already instructed state pilgrims welfare boards not to book accommodation situated more than two kilometres to the Holy Mosque in Makkah.
”It has been the tradition that houses reserved for pilgrims should not be more than two kilometres away from the Holy Mosque in Makkah.
”NAHCON always go round to supervise all the accommodations booked by the State Hajj officials to ensure that the building is in good condition, toilets are clean, the hotel elevators are working.
”We only supervise to ensure that pilgrims are not shortchanged,” she said.
The official said the commission had directed state pilgrims welfare boards to commence the process of collecting hajj fare from intending pilgrims wishing to perform the 2020 hajj.
Meanwhile, Bauchi State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board has tasked newly appointed Hajj Local Government officials to be honest in dealing with pilgrims and discharge their duties with utmost seriousness.
The Ag. Executive Secretary of the Board, Mal. Alkasim Dallami Shall gave the advised at the opening of a one day sensitization workshop to the newly officials held at the conference Hall of the Board.
Alkasim stressed the need for the officials to be dedicated to their duty and abide by rules and regulations of the service as well as desist in any act capable of tarnishing the image of Governor Bala Abdulkadir Administration.
He acknowledged the effort of this administration in continuing to provide an enabling working environment to provide quality services to pilgrims and ensure hitch free exercises.
Alkasim therefore used the occasion to call on the good people of Bauchi state to fervently pray for the Governor Bala administration to enable it adequately tackle the challenges ahead.
The participants at the workshop include the management of the Board, Desk Officers who are staff of the Board and newly Local Government Hajj Affairs Officers.
Highlight of the occasion was distribution of appointment letters to the Local Government Hajj Affairs Officers and other account record books.
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