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2018 hajj: Pilgrims narrate experiences in Saudi Arabia

Officials of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) on Wednesday interacted with pilgrims to get feedback on all arrangements made for their welfare in Saudi Arabia.

The NAHCON officials led by Prof. Abubakar Mustapha visited the various pilgrims camps in Muna where they met with the pilgrims and their officials.

He said the aim was to get direct information from the pilgrims on how they were treated during their stay in Muna and Arafat by those mandated by the commission to lead them.

He also said it was to asses the service rendered to the pilgrims especially their feeding, transportation and accommodation, so as to address lapses recorded.

Alhaji Abdullahi Modibo, NAHCON Commissioner in charge of Operation, while responding to some issue raised by state officials, said it was normal to encounter challenges in an operation involving over 50, 000 people, and assured that the commission would address all lapses to ensure hitch free Hajj.

Modibo solicited for the support of pilgrims to enable the commission discharge its duties effectively.

He called on the pilgrims to intensify prayers for Nigeria, and be good ambassadors of the country during their stay in the Holy Land.

Alhaji Auwal Tukur, Chairman Delta State Muslim pilgrims Welfare Board thanked NAHCON for impressive services rendered to pilgrims, adding “we are very happy with what NAHCON has been doing.”

A pilgrim from Delta, Mohammed Ahmed, said ” we have no complaints about the catering and transportation arrangements,” but called for more awareness on usage of facilities “as the pilgrims are using it any how.”

The leader of Katsina state pilgrims, Alhaji Abubakar Usara said pilgrims from the state were not allocated space in Minna and had to squat with others.

He noted that the state pilgrims were getting their food ration late and urged NAHCON to intervene.

NAN reports that some of the states visited include Kebbi, Niger, Delta Enugu and Anambra.

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