Published On: Thu, Jun 20th, 2019

Hajj: NAHCON sets up task force on visa violation

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By Maryam Garba Hassan

As part of measures to address the menace of some pilgrims’ over-staying their visa permit while on Hajj, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria(NAHCON) has established a formidable Task Force with the directive of being pre-emptive of culprits.
A statement issued  today in Abuja by the Commission’s Head of Public Affairs, Fatima Sanda Usara,  stated that members of the task force were drawn from various security agencies in the country and NAHCON staff.
The statement further said the Commission has also concluded a three-day induction training and inauguration of staff committees charged with the responsibility of monitoring service providers of Nigerian pilgrims in both Makkah and Madinah during this year’s hajj exercise.
It said inaugurating the committees in Abuja, NAHCON Chairman, Barrister Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammad, admonished members on some issues necessary for the comfort of pilgrims which includes allocating rooms and getting them ready before arrival of pilgrims.
According to the statement, the Chairman said accommodation should be ready before the arrival of pilgrims to avoid keeping them waiting in hotel reception.
He said rooms must not be overcrowded and pilgrims’ food and fruits must be served warm and fresh.
He enjoined the various  committees to ensure that there is no breach of contract on the part of any service provider and where such occurs, the providers must be sanctioned appropriately, the statement added.
He drew the attention of members of the committees to the issue of accommodation security, sanitation, provision of toiletries and constant changing of beddings.

Muktar further urged members of the respective committees to always discharge their duties diligently and not to compromise pilgrims’ wellbeing but resist temptation and bad temperament, bearing in mind that there will be accountability before the Almighty.
Committees inaugurated includes feeding and accommodation in Makka and Madinah, hand luggage monitoring, tents and Masha’er, transportation among others.
Heads of the various committees made presentations to provide more insight on the expectations and realities on ground.



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