Acting Chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Alhaji Abdullahi Muhammad has said the 2019 Hajj operations will be driven by Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to enable the commission have smooth execution of the operation.
Muhammad said this Tuesday at the National Mosque in Abuja during the stakeholders’ meeting and presentation of awards to those who performed credibly during the 2018 hajj operation.
The event came ahead of 2019 hajj operations which commences early next month. The acting chairman said the move also became necessary for effective monitoring of hajj activities and to ensure that pilgrims get value for their money.
Muhammad stated that the innovation will also ensure that pilgrims who genuinely pay hajj fare through their respective Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards, or other hajj licensed operation agencies were not denied the opportunity to perform Hajj.
“So, those pilgrims who genuinely paid their money for the performance of hajj, through their respective hajj boards or through their licensed hajj operators are not denied the opportunity to perform their hajj.
“This also calls for concern and more vigilance on the part of the states, to monitor the activities of their ICT and VISA officers,“ he said.
The acting chairman assured that the innovation would ensure that private air operators effectively monitor their staff to ensure that pilgrims were not short changed in anyway.“Especially during corrections and changes, we have to use the exercise with extra caution.”
He urged the intending pilgrims to exercise extra caution and adhere strictly to the rules and regulations governing the conduct of 2019 hajj while in the holy land to avoid getting into trouble with Saudi authorities.
He also cautioned hajj reporters to restrict themselves to the reportage of hajj operations.