NAHCON: Era of Pilgrims Officials Performing Hajj Over

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has declared that henceforth no official from either State,
Federal or Private Tour Operators would be allowed to perform the Hajj while conducting oversight functions.

The Executive Chairman of the commission, Alhaji Abdullahi Muhammad, said this
in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on
Friday in Abuja.

NAN reports that the executive chairman and one other official of the commission
did not perform the Hajj  rites in Saudi Arabia during the 2016 Hajj operation so as to enhance
pilgrims’ safety.

He said that very soon the commission would issue a policy statement
on the issue which would be binding on  state, federal and  private
tour operators.

According to him, the statement will spell out  what percentage
of officials will be allowed to perform the Hajj .

“ That will be determined after consultation with all the necessary
stakeholders in Hajj affairs, “ Muhammad said.

The NAHCON boss said even if the commission was not considering such
policy, the Saudi authorities would in the near future introduce it.

“ I am certain that even if we don’t do it as a nation, time will
come when the Saudi authorities will do it.

“ If you are an official who is supposed to officiate in Hajj activity,
they would not allow you to perform Hajj rites and they would put that
restriction, “ he said.

Muhammad, therefore, said any officials who wished to travel to Saudi Arabia for
the purpose of just performing the Hajj should sponsor themselves.

“The era of having all the Hajj officials 100 per cent from the
state, federal and private tour operators going to Saudi Arabia for
the purpose of performing Hajj has certainly come to an end.

“ So, those who are going for the purpose of just performing the Hajj
will pay from their own pocket.

“ NAHCON will not allow officials to take advantage of officiating
to  perform the Hajj; the two cannot be combined,“ he said.

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