Hajj Commission takes measures to curb drug trafficking

Fatima Hassan, Abuja

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, says intending pilgrims will be required to produce highly placed citizens who must be chief Imam of Jum’at Mosque within the pilgrim’s vicinity, traditional ruler or a civil servant not below grade level 12 at the Federal or state service.

NAHCON and State Hajj Boards, Commissions and Agencies reached the resolution at the review of 2016 Hajj, in Abuja.

The Chairman of the Commission Mr. Abdullahi Mukhtar, said the conditions are meant to tackle the menace of drug-trafficking and abscondement during Hajj.

The meeting also noted that compensations for the victims of the 2015 stampede have not been released by the Saudi government, though the Saudi government has assured that it will be released through appropriate channels after all due consultations and arrangements have been concluded.

Mr. Mukhtar cautioned the leaderships of Hajj boards at the State level against corruption which he noted was a great assignment given to him by Mr. President to fight in Hajj management.

The success of the last hajj has thrown up a great challenge to the commission which must sustain the tempo but surpass it in future operations. I therefore urge Hajj managers to be sincere in serving the pilgrims, to be accountable and to fear of Allah.

The commissioner in charge of Policy, Personnel Management and Finance, Alhaji Yusuf Ibrahim said refunds would be made to state boards by the commission for any of the services the pilgrims were not given and for those who could not travel for any reason.