The Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Barrister Zikirullah Hassan has set up a six man committee to ensure pilgrims are provided food according to set standards.
The committee was also set up to ensure this year’s intending pilgrims get value for their money with a balance diet prepared under hygienic environments as agreed by the laid down rules instituted by the new board.
The committee comprises members of the House of Representatives and members of the Commission have commenced inspection of all kitchens that would provide catering services for this year’s hajj pilgrims in Saudi Arabia.
It said that the committee is requesting for valid documents from the service providers to verify if they are duly registered with the Saudi Arabia relevant authorities and prove of successful service rendered to pilgrims in the past.
The statement further said that other yardsticks used by the committee before any catering company would prequalify to feed Nigeria’s pilgrims for 2020 hajj include company’s medical, health position and proof of resident permit of staff employed by all the catering companies.
Other criteria are the general sanitation of the companies, their capacity of industrial equipment, number of delivery vans to convey pilgrims’ meals and as at when due and most importantly, evidence of partnership with Nigerian caterers.
The Chairman cautioned its members not to compromise standards of services to be rendered to pilgrims as it is a trust bestowed on the commission.