Pursuant to its monitoring and supervisory roles, leadership of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, on 2nd August paid an unscheduled visit to the Federal Capital Territory Hajj camp.
The visit was to gather first hand information on activities going on at the camp, assess facilities available for the pilgrims as well as to determine commitment of staff on ground to their duties. The visitors also inspected the general condition of the pilgrims’ camp with the intent of determining what to renovate immediately, those to be managed in the nearest future and what to expand upon in the long term. This inspection is coming on the heels of others before it conducted prior to the onset of the Hajj season.
NAHCON’s Chairman, Barrister Abdullahi Mukhtar Mohammed, revealed during an interview with journalists in his office, that part of the purpose of the visit is to review how and from where the Commission will begin drawing its plan to upgrade the entire Hajj camp to a standard structure. The camp will see a redesign from the existing boardinghouse styled rooms to a hotel modeled one; it will have a modern clinic that will serve the local community beyond the seasonal Hajj period: this is in addition to a contemporary event hall for rental purposes -to generate revolving funds that will be channeled towards supporting Hajj activities even without governments aid. The Commission’s vision is to advance the facility to one that will meet up with modernity for the convenience of intending pilgrims and at the same time, generate income for sustenance of Hajj operations beyond government’s purse.
The NAHCON boss drew attention of his audience to the fact that over time, a service charge is collected as part of Hajj fares and those are the funds that will now be routed towards executing this project. It is hoped that this vision will be a mission accomplished soon, Barr. Mukhtar noted.
For the time being however, the NAHCON chief made enquiries concerning general welfare of the pilgrims on transit, especially with regards to their feeding, bedding and medicine. The team instantly directed for action over matters of urgency.
Those on the Chairman’s entourage include the commission’s Planning, Personnel Management and Finance, PPMF, Commissioner, Adebayo Yusuf Ibrahim (PhD), Commissioner Operations, Alhaji Abdullahi Modibbo Saleh, Directors and Deputy Directors as well.
Fatima Sanda Usara,
Head, Public Affairs Division