The Independent Hajj Reporters had on Tuesday, urged the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, and State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards to ensure that contractual agreement to be signed before travelling to the holy land.
A statement signed by the national coordinator of the CSO, Ibrahim Mohammed, said Nigeria cannot afford to drift backward in Hajj operations having attained greater heights of moving from uncategorized category to top five hajj management bodies in the world.
According to him, the roles, responsibilities, conditions, rights and privileges of hajj officials must be properly defined and legally coded to avoid the regrettable abdication of responsibilities by state Muslim Pilgrims Boards or NAHCON appointed hajj officials.
“The roles of adhoc operational staff during Hajj are very crucial to the welfare of our dear pilgrims.
“These responsibilities become more pronounced due to the fact that Hajj officials are sponsored by the government with the sole aim of assisting, guiding and providing help under the directives of Hajj administrators,” Mr Mohammed said.