The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, has inaugurated a task force committee as part of measures to halt incidences of pilgrims over-staying their visa permit while on Hajj.
A statement by the Head Public Affairs, Fatima Sanda-Usara on Thursday, described the task force as formidable, with the directive of being pre-emptive of culprits.
According to her, the committee 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.
While inaugurating the committees in Abuja, NAHCON Chairman, Bar. Abdullahi Mukhtar, admonished members pf the task force on some issues necessary for the comfort of pilgrims.
“These includes allocating rooms and getting them ready before arrival of pilgrims, that they must not be allowed to stay for long in hotel reception upon arrival.
“Similarly, there must not be overcrowding in rooms, pilgrims must not be served cold or unwholesome meals or unwholesome or fruits.
“He also enjoined the committees to ensure that there was no breach of contract on the part of any service provider, and where such occurs, the providers must be sanctioned appropriately,” he assured.
The chairman also drew the attention of the committee to the matters of accommodation, security, sanitation, provision of toiletries and constant changing of beddings.
He, therefore, urged members of the respective committees to always discharge their duties diligently and not to compromise the pilgrims’ wellbeing.
“You should also resist temptation and bad temperament, bearing in mind that there will be accountability before the Almighty,” he added.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that Membership was drawn from various security agencies and NAHCON staff.
It was also gathered that the committees inaugurated include feeding and accommodation in Makka and Madinah, hand luggage monitoring, tents and Masha’er, Turadudiyya (Transportation) among others.