NAHCON To Complete Airlift Of Pilgrims Back Home In 10 Days
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, has said that the ongoing airlift of Nigerian pilgrims back home is expected to be completed within the next ten days.
The Chairman of the Commission Barrister Abdullah Mukhtar Muhammad, stated this on Sunday while addressing the Saudi based ad-hoc staff of the commission in Makkah.
Barrister Abdallah called on all staff, (permanent and ad-hoc) and officials to redouble their efforts in promptly attending to pilgrims, and also exercise more restraint and patience with them, as some of them have become homesick while others have almost exhausted their BTA and are therefore prone to aggressive tendencies.
He cautioned that tempers are bound to rise, and it is the responsibility of Staff and Officials to effectively douse tensions and tempers when they flared up.
The Chairman stated that efforts were being intensified to reposition Hajj affairs in Nigeria to match global best practices, saying with commitment, patience, understanding, support and cooperation among all stakeholders, Nigeria’s Hajj handling will be a global reference point.
He said the main focus of NAHCON is to get to the zenith of the best Hajj management where difficulties, problems and hitches of the exercise would be drastically reduced to their barest minimum if not completely eradicated.
So far more than half of the about eighty one thousand Nigerian pilgrims that performed this years have been airlifted back to Nigeria.
As at midnight on Sunday, the commission has airlifted 41,094 pilgrims in a total of 98 flights carried out by Max Air, Medview and Flynas.
Barrister Abdullah thanked Allah that the sad experiences of missing pilgrims, the tug of war at the airport, the struggles to board buses, the poor feeding condition of pilgrims, accommodation, among others, witnessed in the past have all, now, been confined to the dustbin of history.
He said there is also the need to equally improve human and intellectual knowledge on Hajj exercise, and that NAHCON was committed to this goal and by Allah’s grace the sky is the limit.
Barrister Abdullah enjoyed all stakeholders to give a helping hand and be part of the move to reposition Hajj operations in Nigeria, through meaningful and constructive criticisms, suggestions and advises.