From Suleiman Idris in Mecca, Saudi Arabia
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) head office in Mecca has deployed field staff to Mina, Muzdalifah and Arafat just as the important rites of the 2019 hajj begins today.
The field staff will oversee the upkeep and movement of over 65, 000 Nigerian pilgrims throughout their stay in the Mina tents and performance of the rituals in the course of the holy week of Islam.
A circular sighted by our correspondent in Mecca in the NAHCON office in Ummul Jud district of the city shows that arrangements have been concluded to ensure the Nigerian contingent enjoys a stress free exercise throughout the three most important days.
The NAHCON document with reference number NA/Aa/12/# shows the names of staff in charge of each state (s) contingent and tour operators.
The leaders include Sule Habu Ningi in charge of Kano state, Taraba, Yobe, Plateau and Osun state will have Umar Zakariya as their guide.
Mohammed Haruna Joda will be in charge of Kaduna while neigbhouring Kwara, Oyo, Kogi and Benue will march behind Umar Bala. For Sokoto and Ekiti state, Abdullateef Oni Mago will be responsible for their stay just as Gombe, Bauchi, Rivers, Cross River and Akwa Ibom is headed by Alhassan Abdulkarim.
For Katsina, Delta and Ebonyi state, Shamaki Aliyu is to serve as the eye of the commission just as Lawal Ahmed takes over Niger and Bayelsa state.
Also, pilgrims from Kebbi, Enugu, Amambra, Ogun will be serve by Mohammed Garba Kuki with his colleague Alhassan Mohammed overseeing Abuja, Borno and Abia syayes.
The trio of Adamawa, Jigawa, Edo alongside the members of the Nigerian Armed Forces and Ondo will have Bello Kaojo as guide.
While Naassarawa and Zamfara are bill to be commanded by Bello Usman, Lagos state will be joined with a select number of private sector tour operators and be the guest of Rafiu Abdulssaalm to complete the lineup.
The rest tour operators’ activities will be facilitated by Ismail Mujeili, Sanni Titilayo, Alidu Shutti as well as Ibrahim Idris and Mahmood Ajam Musa.
The rest units with supervisors include NAHCON tent, Masha’er help desk, Taradudiyya, monitoring and evaluation as well as Masha’er Ulama, Hadaya/Muassasah and Masha’er media.
The circular also directed the officials to over accommodation, feeding, tent facilities and sanitation.
Other units include inspection and compliance, Hadaya, Jamarat and desk office.