Ahead of the commencement of the 2016 Hajj airlift operation, a team of 52 officials of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, (NAHCON), including medical personnel, departed for Saudi Arabia on Friday as part of the advance team to this year’s Holy Pilgrimage to Makkah.
The team, made up of members of the national reception team, national medical team, accommodation and feeding committees are in the kingdom preparatory to receiving the first batch of Nigerian Pilgrims from Zamfara State who are expected to arrive Madina on August 8.
The team will also oversee the airport protocol process of the pilgrims at the King Abdul Aziz International Airport, KAIA, Jeddah, and Prince Mohammad Ibn Abdul Aziz, airport, Madina, and also undertake the allocation and distribution of accommodation, as well as provision of medical services and feeding arrangement for the pilgrims.
At a briefing ceremony shortly before the team’s departure to Jeddah at the Nnamdi Azikwe Airport Abuja, the Chairman/CEO of NAHCON, Abdullahi Muhammed, charged the officials to always uphold the vision and mission of the Commission by discharging their responsibilities, emphasizing the need to put the interest of the country and the pilgrims on the front burner.
He added that their conduct would go a long way to re-enforce the positive image the country currently enjoys as a disciplined and responsive nation.
Meanwhile, the first consignment of the e-wrist band introduced by the Commission in the wake of last year’s tragic accidents in Saudi Arabia for easy identification and tracking of Pilgrims in the Holy land has been delivered and its distribution to the various state pilgrims board will commence immediately before their departure to the Holy Land.
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