From Muhammad Kabir, Mecca
Nigerian pilgrims to this year’s Hajj exercise are set to start moving to the tent city of Makkah on Thursday night.
The Coordinator in charge of Makkah operations of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON),
Dr Aliyu Tanko said his office has concluded all arrangements to move over 60,000 Nigerian Pilgrims to Mina preparatory to Arafat on Saturday.
Speaking exclusively with our Correspondent in Mecca Dr Tanko said while about 45,000 pilgrims to be moved travelled through states, the remaining pilgrims are those who travelled through private tour operators.
He said Buses have been arranged to transport the Pilgrims.
The Mecca Coordinator said his office has already supervised the Tents to be used by Nigerian Pilgrims. He said they have been provided with all necessary tools to aid the pilgrims stay without stress.
Dr Tanko said based on prediction by experts, the weather is expected to be hot on Arafat day. He said that is why NAHCON has provided cooling systems that would reduce the effect of the hot weather.
Dr Tanko said adequate medical personnel and other officials have already been mobilized to ensure smooth operations at both Mina and Arafat.
He said new Ambulances were purchased and are being put to use for the Nigerian Pilgrims for emergency services and quick transportation of sick pilgrims.