The Independent Hajj Reporters (IHR) has set up a five-man team to monitor the activities of hajj officials and service providers to Nigerian pilgrims in Saudi Arabia.
IHR team is expected to work with the Inspectorate and Evaluation Committee of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).
The group in a statement by its national coordinator, Ibrahim Muhammed, Thursday stated that the team was set up to ensure that all officials carry out their assigned tasks as spelled out in their schedule of duty.
The statement said the team will also ensure that service providers engaged to serve Nigerian pilgrims in areas of accommodation, transport, feeding, sanitation, tents in Muna and Arafat live up to expectation by providing quality services to Nigerian pilgrims.
The team will be headed by the IHR national coordinator, Ibrahim Muhammad, to be assisted by the secretary general, Nuruddeen M. Abdallah, head of publications, Sani Tukur, Jidda Abubakar, and Mustapha Hodi.
The statement reads: “Over the years, we have observed that some officials, especially ad hoc ones, abandoned their duties once they get to Saudi Arabia. This ugly trend affects the quality of services that was expected to be offered to our dear pilgrims.
“Some officials even go as far as personally demanding to be served instead of serving the pilgrims, which is the primary reason they are appointed.
“Hajj officials from other countries are always in uniform for easy identification and they are at the service of their pilgrims 24 hours. Most of them don’t perform hajj because they consider their primary responsibility of serving their respective pilgrims weightier than any other secondary issue.
“We are going to obtain the comprehensive lists of all states and NAHCON-appointed hajj officials and monitor their performance throughout the hajj,” the statement said.