Hajj 2018: NAHCON Urges Strict Compliance With Mina Movement Schedule
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, has requested all officials on the Hajj 2018 national and state teams, to ensure strict compliance to schedules drawn up for the movement to Mina from Makkah.
Deputy Co-ordinator of NAHCON, Makkah operations and Chairman of the Taradudiyyah committee, Alhaji Aliyu Abubakar Tanko, gave the advice while addressing representatives of Muslim Pilgrims’ Welfare Boards and Agencies, during a visit to the Mina tent site for Nigerian pilgrims.
He appealed to the state officials in particular, to collaborate with NAHCON in order to achieve strict adherence to the stipulated guidelines on the movement to Mina, set for the 8th day of Dhul-Hijja (August 12).
“The previous years’ arrangement for the movement of pilgrims to, Mina, Arafat, Muzdalifah and back to Makkah after the required two or three days stay, has not changed,” Alhaji Aliyu said.
He emphasised that: “as has been the practice in recent years and coupled with the harsh weather condition in the Holy land, movement of pilgrims will start from midnight of Saturday (August 11), until the morning of Sunday, the 8th of Dhul-Hijja.
Alhaji Aliyu implored the state officials to ensure orderliness, timeliness and exemplary conduct by their respective pilgrims to the Mashaa’ir (religious) sites.
“Keep the pilgrims indoors until the arrival of buses instead of allowing them to mill out onto the streets and get tired and exhausted before the arrival of the buses,” adding that there was “no need for any haste or rush as no pilgrim will be left behind during the evacuation,”he advised.
“No pilgrim should overwork himself/herself or be agitated about being left behind. When seats in one bus are fully occupied, he/she should wait for the next bus,” Dr Tanko said.