By Sageer Kabeer
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has retained luxury hotels accommodations it used in previous years for pilgrims in 2019.
The hotel accommodations are located in the highbrow Markaziyya District of Madinah.
This attainment was possible due to the early expression of interest by the commission, a statement Fatima Sanda Usara, spokesperson of NAHCON said.
She said the commission took the bold step early enough because accommodation in this area are limited and in high demand, thus reserved on the basis of first to come, first to be served.
In a meeting with Adillah Establishment in Madinah, which is the regulatory umbrella of a conglomerate of service providers in Madinah, its Chairman made few observations after acknowledging NAHCON’s continuous cooperation in making its task easy. He reaffirmed it on record that NAHCON staff on ground in Madinah did exceptionally well in their assignments, to the delight of the Adillah.
While praying for the continued success of NAHCON management, Vice Chairman of the Adillah, Uztaz Usam Diyadi, hopes the two parties will continue to enjoy this cordial working relationship for long.
Meanwhile, one of the complaints made by the Adillah Establishment was that some Licensed Tour Operators do not give them adequate time notification for release of pilgrims’ passports to enable the operators to transport their pilgrims to the next destination.
He reflected that all Hajj/Umrah transactions are turning electronic and a minimum of 24 hours is the regulated time for release of passport.
He frowned at the manner in which some pilgrims would be assembled, loitering outside their hotels while waiting for arrival of their passports, which is unacceptable to the kingdom.
On his part, NAHCON Chief Executive Officer, commended the performance of Adillah. He harped on security challenges faced by some pilgrims. And the need to regulate companies involved in fixing golden teeth so that those willing to patronize their services would be guided in making choices.