The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has charged the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to as a matter of urgency put in place necessary facilities at the country’s hajj departure zone to ensure seamless airlifts during this year’s exercise.
Acting chairman of NHACON, Malam Jalal Ahmed Arabi, gave the charge Tuesday, when members of FAAN’s Hajj Committee paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Abuja.
He also noted that the provision of necessary navigation equipment and facilities at the hajj departure centres across the country would facilitate seamless airlift operations.
His words: “You are a formidable partner in Hajj operation. Though there are certain considerations put in place during Hajj airlift and we expect you to tell us the state of the various airports used for hajj airlift.”
According to him, the committee should be time-conscious as they would have limited time to carry out their assignments, going by the time line set by Saudi Arabia for all nations to conclude hajj arrangements.
The Director Airport Operations, Captain Mukhtar Yusuf Muye, while responding, assured that FAAN had commenced preparations for the 2024 hajj operations about two months ago so as to achieve hitch free operations.
He assured that the exercise would be complete before the commencement of Hajj airlift in the 16 departure Airports across the Country.
Capt. Muye, however, urged the commission to persuade tour operators’ companies to comply with the arrangements of airlifting their pilgrims through international terminals instead of hajj terminal as that would denies the Authority of valuable revenue that they would generate to provide necessary infrastructural facilities at the airports.
He assured the commission of the Authority’s commitment to discharging its duties diligently so that the Nigerian pilgrims could enjoy a hitch-free airlift.