The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, has again been commended for ensuring quick service delivery to pilgrims in Madina.
The Coordinator, Lagos State Pilgrims in Madina, Alhaji Lukman Ojubanire made the commendation in an interview with journalists in Madina.
Asked to compare, NAHCON’s services and arrangements this year with previous years, the Coordinator said there was a remarkable improvement, particularly in the areas of Accommodation, Feeding and release of pilgrims to either Makkah or Madina, saying it took days on end in the past to get the releases, but this year they take only few hours.
On accommodation, Alhaji Ojubanire, said this was one of the areas the Commission deserves commendation the most, inview of their proximity to the Prophet’s Mosque, their standard and neatness.
He thanked NAHCON, for giving States Welfare Boards listening ears, by implementing virtually all suggestions made after the last exercise, with regards to accommodation and feeding in Madina, saying the dishes are bye and large commendable.
In an interview, some pilgrims from Ekiti, Kwara, Lagos, Oyo and Zamfara States corroborated the Lagos State Madina Coordinator on the twin issues of accommodation and feeding. However, some of those interviewed hoped that their traditional local dishes were provided.
Speaking on the issue of Nigerian menu to the pilgrims, the deputy Coordinator of NAHCON, in Madina, Alhaji Ahmad Maigari said they had problem with some of the Caterers engaged in preparing Nigerian cousins, but the Commission was quick to work round the problem to mitigate the pilgrims plight of not having the cousins they were used to in Nigeria.
He expressed concerns that some State Pilgrims Welfare Board sent their pilgrims to the holy land without officials to attend to them, which became more tasking for the few NAHCON officials on ground.
Meanwhile, investigations at the various Clinics show that there were efforts being made to ensure proper handling of patients, through prompt attendance. In the main Clinic some patients from other continents who happened to pump into it were attended to.
In a phone interaction with the NAHCON Commissioner in charge of Health matters, Dr. Ibrahim Kana had assured that the medical team in all the Clinics would do their best in meeting the aspirations and yearnings of any pilgrim that had a compelling reason to consult with them.
So far no any unpleasant incident of misconduct by any Nigerian pilgrim, as pilgrims continue their visits to areas required of them to visit.