The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, says it will upgrade the Hajj Transit Camp of the Federal Capital Territory to globally accepted standards.
NAHCON’s Chairman, Barrister Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammed made this know, when he led a team of the commission’s Management on an unscheduled visit to the Camp on Thursday.
Among the areas listed for immediate refurbishment were the lodging halls, kitchen and drainage system.
NAHCON has also undertaken to ensure proper beautification and landscaping of the entire camp environment.
Amenities and tools
In addition, NAHCON said it would equip the camp with all the necessary amenities and tools to ease the operations of stakeholder agencies that work in concert with the FCT Pilgrims Welfare Board.
The agencies include Customs, Immigration and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.
Also included in this category are the Medical services team and the Airline operators team.
According to NAHCON, the goal is “to ensure effective service delivery to all pilgrims as they transit to and from the Holy Land.”
On the Chairman’s entourage during the inspection tour were the Commissioner of Policy, Personnel Management and Finance, Dr Yusuf Adebayo Ibrahim, Commissioner of Operations, Alhaji Abdullah Modibbo Saleh and other senior Management staff of the Commission.
More arrivals in Madinah
Meanwhile, the last batch of 232 pilgrims from the FCT have landed in Madinah, Saudi Arabia.
On board the aircraft, which took off from Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja at 01:00 hours on Thursday, were 115 males, 117 females and three officials, on the 21st flight from Nigeria.
The arrival of the FCT contingent brought the number of airlifted pilgrims from Nigeria to 8,839.
Similarly, another batch of 546 pilgrims from Kano were received in Madinah on Thursday, by NAHCON officials.
The contingent departed Aminu Kano International Airport at 06: 47 hours, with 287 males and 259 females on the 22nd flight from Nigeria, bringing the airlifted pilgrims total to 9,385.
The 1st contingent from Lagos State also arrived in Madinah on Thursday, with 320 pilgrims comprising 150 males and 170 females.
It was the 23rd flight from Nigeria and it took off from Murtala Mohammed International Airport at 07:38 hours.
As of Thursday, the total number of airlifted pilgrims from Nigeria for the 2018 Hajj stands at 9,705.
In a related development, Governor Umaru Jibrila Bindow of Adamawa State has urged pilgrims from the State to pray for peace and development of the state and the country at large.
He made the appeal in a farewell address to the 1st batch of intending pilgrims at the Hajj Camp in Yola.
The 1st contingent of pilgrims from Adamawa are scheduled to depart for Jeddah, from Yola International Airport on Thursday night.