The second batch of graduates of the Hajj Institute of Nigeria (HIN), mid-wifed by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), has completed the training programme with the award of professional certificates to 54 participants.
A statement by the Commission’s Deputy Director, Information & Publications Division, Malam Mousa Ubandawaki, said the graduation ceremony marked the end of the one month physical and virtual study for NAHCON and State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board Officials, who undertook professional training in strategic management of Hajj and Umrah.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony which was attended by a former Chairman/CEO of the commission, Barr Abdullahi Mukhtar, Vice Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Professor Abdulrasheed Na’Allah, Tacting Chairman/CEO of NAHCON, Malam Jalal Ahmad Arabi, challenged the graduating students to translate their knowledge into positive development that would ensure improved performance and better deal for Nigerian pilgrims.
Malam Arabi said the graduation couldn’t have come at a better time than now when the Saudi authorities have set a timeline for the conclusion of preparation and arrangements for the 2024 Hajj exercise.
He said: “My warmest congratulations to you all. I want to commend your commitment, dedication and thirst to acquire knowledge which has seen you complete your programme successfully. As an Alumni of this Institute, you are now equipped with valuable skills and knowledge that are crucial for the effective Management of Hajj and Umrah Operations.
“As professionals, I therefore charge you to develop strategies on how to deliver effective and efficient service to pilgrims. It is a task that must be done. Secondly, you need to find what strategy to adopt- short-, medium- or long-term strategy to ensure a hassle-free pilgrimage for all our Muslim brothers and sisters.”
Earlier, the Rector of the Hajj Institute (HIN), Professor Nasir Maitulare, congratulated the graduands on the successful completion of the course.
According to him, the course was designed to enhance the capacities of Hajj and Umrah Managers and drive positive changes in the Nigerian Hajj and Umrah industry while focusing primarily on pilgrims’ satisfaction at every stage and constantly seeking the pleasure of Allah (SWT).
In his goodwill message, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Professor Abdulrasheed Na’Allah commended the Commission’s initiative in establishing the Hajj Institute of Nigeria.