NAHCON Commences Preparation For 2018 Hajj
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, has started preparation for next Hajj in 2018.
The preparation commenced with the decision of the Commission to send a delegation to Madina to prepare ground for the negotiation of a comprehensive package for pilgrims stay in the holy city.
Chairman of the Commission, Barrister Abdullah Muhammad Mukhtar disclosed the development at a dinner organized for members of the national media team, State Pilgrims Welfare Boards Public Relations Officers and their State Officials in Makkah in the 2027 hajj.
“We already have a team in Madina to start negotiations and kick-start planning our operation for Hajj 2018,” he said.
Barrister Murkhtar said the Commission and State Pilgrims Boards have started mapping out strategies and modalities to have a unified accommodation system in the holy land from next year.
“It is our hope that we can accommodate many states in one building against the 2018 hajj,” he said.
The Chairman further stated that from the next Hajj exercise, the Commission would network all States to simplify information gathering sharing and dissemination amongst the States and the National Media Team.
We will network media services such that all information coming from the states will be shared by those in the national media team and vice versa in order to avoid duplication of stories.”
He thanked the Media Team for the way members carried out their assignment and urged members of team who would be airlifted back home tonight to continue trying hard to verify the veracity of any information before they go to press with it.
He confirmed that the airlift of pilgrims back home has been going on smoothly without any hitch so far, saying over 14,00p pilgrims have so far been airlifted.
“It is out hope that the pace will increase so that we can complete the airlift even before the deadline we set for ourselves or the deadline set by the Saudi Arabian authorities,” he said.
Barrister Abdullah implored all to fervently pray for our dear country to overcome her present trying period and a resounding good health and wisdom for all our leaders, particularly the President, to bring out Nigeria from the quagmire she finds herself in.
Responding the chairman of the Media Team, Alhaji Ubale Musa commended NAHCON for its foresight in forming the Media Team to cover the just concluded Hajj exercise, saying the measure has accorded reporters the opportunity to have firsthand information on many aspects of the exercise, hitherto unknown to them.
He advised the Commission to at anytime call a reporters to carryout any assignment that would be in the best interest of Hajj operations, the pilgrims and the entire Muslim Ummah.