Nigeria First (Abuja)

28 June 2012

Nigeria: FG Commends Hajj Commission for Efforts At Ensuring Hitch-Free 2012 Hajj Operations

The Federal Government has commended the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria on its efforts to ensure that the 2012 hajj operations was hitch free.

This commendation was made by Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo, during the meeting called at his instance to review the 2011 Hajj operations to Saudi Arabia and the way forward, which held at the State House, Abuja, o Thursday, June 29.

The Vice President noted with delight the measures the Commission was putting in place to ensure that it implements the recommendations of the Post Mortem Conference on the 2011 Hajj Operation with all stakeholders, of which the report had been submitted to President Jonathan.

The Vice President therefore charged them to make sure that all stakeholders particularly the State governments were carried along on preparations for the 2012 Hajj operations in the areas of pilgrims air lift, accommodation, movement, medical care, education, registration, screening, feeding and luggage issues. He stressed that the welfare of the pilgrims was paramount.

In their separate remarks the Governors of Niger State, Dr. Babangida Aliyu and his Nassarawa State counterpart, Alhaji Tanko Almakura, also extolled the Commission for its consultation with all stakeholders as it prepares for this year's hajj operations.

The Chairman of NAHCON, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, pledged that the commission would make all efforts to ensure the smooth operations of this year's Hajj, and those of years beyond.

Present at the meeting were commissioners and board members of the Hajj commission.

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