BY TAOFEEK LAWAL, Medinah, Saudi Arabia
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has said it has not recorded any death of Nigerian pilgrims since the beginning of the 2017 Hajj Operation in the last three weeks.
The coordinator in charge of Medina Operation and Secretary of NAHCON, Dr Bello Tambuwal stated this while briefing journalists at the commission’s office on Saturday in Medina, Saudi Arabia. Tambuwal said the 2017 Hajj was the best outing in the history of hajj commission in the last 10 years.
According to him, since the beginning of transportation of pilgrims to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which began on July 30, a significant progress had been achieved by the commission in many areas. He said that the challenges of transportation of intending pilgrims from Nigeria to Saudi Arabia was very minimal. He stated that pilgrims who were transported directly through Medina International Airport and those that arrived through Jedda Airport had smooth movement into the Kingdom.
He said, “So far we don’t have serious challenges in the on-going Hajj Operation, from my experience for the past 10 years 2017 Hajj is the most smoothest I have ever witness. This outing is the best because due to securing of good houses and mostly within Haram area, we have not recorded a single road traffic accident and we are happy that we have not recorded death of Nigerian pilgrim.”
Tambuwwal said the commission has provided accommodation to pilgrims within 500 meters radius away from Haram saying Nigerian pilgrims could comfortably walk around the Haram to observe their five daily prayers, go back to their rooms and continue their meditations.
He said that as part of efforts to provide healthcare service to pilgrims, the commission procured adequate drugs for pilgrims while adding that NAHCON was committed to ensuring that Nigerian pilgrims get best medical services throughout their stay in the Kingdom.
According to him, the commission have good relationship with Saudi Hospitals in case of any emergency that requires specific treatment which will be refer to Saudi medical
Tambuwal disclosed that NAHCON had engaged the service of a dedicated transport company with the newer model buses that had modern facilities like toilet and internet service, to transport pilgrims from Medina to Mecca.
LEADERSHIP reports that a total of 43, 963 pilgrims from various states of the federation had so far been transported to Saudi Arabia.