The chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Barrister Abdullahi Muktar Mohammed, has expressed satisfaction over the hitch-free movement of pilgrims from Makkah to Muna and to Arafat.
He said the commission was coordinating well with the state officials to attend to the needs of the pilgrims.
Climbing the Mount Arafat is a fundamental aspect of the Hajj rites.
“Anybody who knows what Hajj used to be in the past, for you to move from Makkah to Muna, it will be a minimum about eight hours, because of the traffic and the confusion. For you to move from Muna to Arafat, you need nothing less than four to five hours because of the congestion and the confusion. But now, it takes only 10-15 minutes, maximum of 20 minutes, you arrive at your destination,” Mr. Mohammed said.
“So, actually, the Saudi system is working perfectly. But, just like any other human endeavour, there is always room for improvement. We hope, the authorities, despite the successes recorded they will try to meet up, especially the turnaround time of the vehicles,” he added.
He said the return of pilgrims to Nigeria will commence on September 7, stressing that the commission will maintain the ‘first in first out policy,’ except for those under emergency.