The acting chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) Mallam Jalal Ahmad Arabi is currently meeting with the Chief Executive Officers of Pilgrims Boards and Agencies from across the 36 states, FCT and the Armed Forces.
The meeting, which began at about 11am is holding at the conference hall of Hajj House, Abuja
In his opening remarks, Mallam Arabi expressed appreciation for “the show of solidarity and felicitations” he has received from all the CEOs since his appointment.
He said the tremendous show of support even got him scared because it shows that much is expected from him
He said he considers the show of support as a challenge to make everyone proud.
The NAHCON boss said even before his appointment, he has never drawn a line between NAHCON and States.
“We are meant to all serve one purpose, even though we represent different spaces and environments,” he said.
He said all officials must ensure that pilgrims are not just served but served well. He, therefore, called for cooperation and collaboration, saying that is the only way to achieve success.
“We can only achieve success if we work as partners. I therefore extend my hands of fellowship. There will be no new or strange policies. We will ensure that the renewed hope we came with translates into action. We are lucky to observe that there were mistakes that should be corrected.
“There are always room for improvement. Hajj is probably the only pillar of Islam that if one get right will return line the day they were born.
“Much is expected not just from those who appointed us, but also the entire Muslim mag. We will not put anyone to shame but perception must be managed well,” Arabi said.
The meeting went into closed doors after the Chairmans opening remarks. HAJJ REPORTERS reports that some of the items on the agenda of the meeting include; the policy agenda of the new chairman, Action plan for Hajj 2024, including level of preparedness of State, previous performance of the board and details of reconciliation with the commission, first pre-Hajj visit, securing of Makkah accommodation and feedings well as visa deadline by Saudi Arabia.
Other items in the agenda also include issues of pregnant women mobilised by some states to the Kingdom of Saudi Rabia and pilgrims as well as comments and response by chairman of the forum of state Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards, Agencies and Commission.
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