ABUJA – The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister of State, Ms Olajumoke Akinjide, has attributed the success of the 2014 hajj operation to team work.
Akinjide said this in Abuja on Thursday during the presentation of the 2014 Hajj operation report.
“For me, the 2014 hajj operation for FCT had the best in terms of pilgrims care and process during and after hajj.
“Also, the peaceful election in the country shows that God answered the prayers of the pilgrims because if there is peace and harmony, other things will fall in place.’’
Akinjide promised to carefully read the report to improve on the challenges for 2015 Hajj operation.
She said that the accommodation for 2015 Hajj operation had been secured, adding that the team would be retained to handle this year’s activity.
Earlier, Alhaji Idris Musa, the 2014 Amirul Hajj, said that the operation was remarkable with a lot of improvement compared to the past ones.
Musa said it was successful because everybody was carried along in the entire decision making.
He said that the report had made suggesttions on how to tackle the challenges encountered in order to have hitch-free Hajj operation in the future.
Also speaking, Malam Muhammed Bashir, the Director, FCT Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, said the board received a total of 2,497 hall seats allocation from the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria for 2014 Hajj.
Bashir said the board remitted to the commission the over N1.4 billion collected by the board from the pilgrims for the exercise.
According to him, some of the challenges faced during the 2014 Hajj operation centered on feeding of the pilgrims, unruly behaviour of some pilgrims, shortage of hall seats allocation and visa processing passport reader machine.
Others were security challenges, late delivery and poor services by the cargo carrier as well non-delivery of zamzam water to the pilgrims by the air carrier.
“However, despite these challenges, the 2014 hajj exercise has been recorded as the most successful Hajj operation in the history of the board,’’ Bashir said.
He said the board had recommended that the commission should allow states to make independent arrangement with caterers of their choice without any interference, to ensure accountability and efficiency of service delivery.
Bashir said the board also recommended that the commission should prevail on the United Agent Office in Madina to adopt the sorting of pilgrims’ passports according to buses. (NAN)
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