The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, says it has commenced preparations for the 2023 Hajj, toward a successful Holy Pilgrimage.
The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, NAHCON, Zikrullah Hassan, said this at the Independent Hajj Reporters’ 2022 Hajj Lecture/Award held at National Mosque Auditorium on Thursday in Abuja.
Represented by Dr Ibrahim Sodangi, the Director of Administration and Human Resources, NAHCON, Mr Hassan said that the preparations started at the end of the 2022 Hajj, even before departure from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
He said that the commission held preparatory meeting with accommodation providers in order to secure befitting accommodation for the 2023 pilgrims.
The NAHCON boss said that the commission plans to organise an international conference with resource persons from different parts of the world to further brainstorm toward successful Hajj.
According to him, the conference will avail the commission the opportunity to brainstorm and learn from Hajj veterans from across the world.
“There is no all-encompassing formula for successful hajj operation. This is reason why we all must put our heads together and proffer suggestions on how to move Hajj industry to greater heights.
“Saudi Arabia that plays hosts to global Hajj contingents is constantly striving to improve Hajj through innovations and reviews of policies that allow it to adjust to current realities.
“That is why the holy city is constantly hosting technological conference, scientific explorations, conference on Hajj, paper presentations on Hajj administration and performance,” he said.
Mr Hassan, who commended the independent Hajj reporters for organising the 2022 Hajj Lecture/ Awards with the theme,” Heroes of 2022 Hajj, congratulated them for successfully hosting the event.
According to him, NAHCON encourages productive gatherings that will boast knowledge enhance smooth Hajj operation in Nigeria.