Hajj 2024: IHR lauds merit-based formation of service providers

The Independent Hajj Reporters (IHR) has supported the coming together of Saudi based accommodation and feeding providers under one umbrella.

The service providers recently decided to form a group to work together to ensure that prompt and efficient services are rendered to pilgrims during the Hajj.

The formation of the group according to IHR, is timely considering the challenges of insufficient tents and feeding experienced by pilgrims in Mina during the 2023 Hajj.

A statement Tuesday signed by IHR National Coordinator, Ibrahim Mohammed, particularly commended the group for adopting a merit-based approach by selecting the Chairman/CEO of Shuraka’a Alkhair Group, Musa Hamid Jibril as its leader.

“With record successes of serving Nigerian pilgrims for decades during Hajj and with the associated supports he has rendered to many of his clients, we believe Alhaji Musa Hamid has the capacity and experience to lead the group in serving Nigerian pilgrims effectively and efficiently,” IHR said.

The CSO added that, having been providing Hajj services to the guests of Al Rahman from Nigeria and many African countries, “it is our belief that Musa Hamid will deploy his vast expertise in leading other companies within the group to provide commensurate services to our dear pilgrims and ensure that they provides a conducive and memorable environment to our pilgrims in the Holy Land.”

IHR also said the formation of the group would make it easier for the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) to coordinate and supervise services rendered to Nigerian pilgrims during Hajj operations.

“Interacting and interfacing with multiple service providers at the same time creates human resources and logistics challenges to NAHCON especially during off shore operations.

“About 15 to 20 different Hajj service providers are serving 36 states from the same country and NAHCON is obligated to meet with all of them thus creating serious challenges in oversight and supervisory issues.

“With this group in place, NAHCON only needs to interface with the leadership and communicate effectively,” the statement said.