The House of Representatives has commended the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, for the successful conduct of Hajj 2017 exercise, while urging it to ensure early airlifting of pilgrims for the 2018 exercise.
Deliberating on the report of the House committee on Nigeria – Saudi Arabia Parliamentary Friendship and Hajj affairs, the lower chamber said the 2018 Hajj exercise would be better.
The House in a letter signed by the Clerk of the National Assembly, M.A. Sani – Omolori praised the commission for the improvement in the services and facilities enjoyed by Nigerian pilgrims during the 2017 Hajj.
According to him, the good accommodation of pilgrims very close to Haram in Makkah was worthy of praise.
The House of Representatives also lauded the introduction and institution of National Medical Team policy, requesting that it should be broadened. The letter stated, “ even though the National Medical Team Policy adopted by the commission has improved significantly, the arrangement should be elaborated further to make medical facility accessible with ease and close to pilgrims’ accommodation”, while also lauding the giant roles played by the commission to curtail the activities of drug peddlers to the Holy Land.
According to it, “the commission made commendable efforts to curtail the activities of drug peddlers and other prohibited items during the 2017 Hajj and should sustain the feat by more enlightenment of pilgrims. The report however implored NAHCON to find ways of reducing Hajj fares.