By Ibrahim Muhammed
Barring unforeseen circumstances, hajj stakeholders across the country will converge in Abuja on 10TH thursday May 10th at stone hedge hotels for the launching of the first hajj dedicated online news platform in the world. www.hajjreporters.com is an online news platform of Independent Hajj Reporters – a civil society organisation that monitors and reports about hajj activities in Nigeria.
The event will also honour some states pilgrims’ welfare boards that excel during the 2017 hajj exercise, prominent individuals within Presidency and National assembly that contributed to the establishment of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, Past Hajj administrators and institutions and media that have supported hajj operations.
Recognizing those who have contributed to the rise of hajj administration structure form adhoc arrangement to a legally established institution in Nigeria is a hinged on appreciating the past, encourage the present, and creates positive competition within hajj services delivery circle for the benefit of our dear pilgrims and Muslim Ummah. Honouring past achievers will auto activate the rise of our future goal getters.
Since its formation in 2013, Independent Hajj Reporters has been able to interlink the nexus of hajj reporting, monitoring, policy reviews, and carrying out journalistic oversight roles in hajj operations in Nigeria. They are the first to create hajj dedicated WhatsApp group, facebook page, twitters and free mass sms. Recently the group has started publishing full coloured Hajj Reporters Magazine to chronicle yearly hajj operations. With the launching of online news platform, the group has succeeded in redefine the role of civil society in hajj information disseminations.
Other notable hajj administrators like Rtd General Ahmad Daku, Minister of FCT Mallam Muhammed Musa Bello, Saidu Barda will be acknowledged for their roles in laying solid foundation for hajj administration in the country. Nigeria Television Authority will be acknowledged for its unrivaled roles in hajj coverage.
The event will also honour Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, , Professor JIbril Aminu, Kaduna State Governor Nasir El- Rufai and Hon Haruna Yerima in view of their diligent contribution towards the enactment of NAHCON Act in 2006.
Lagos state pilgrims welfare boards will be honoured with overall best states pilgrims’ welfare boards during 2017 hajj. Kaduna emerged as the best states pilgrims’ welfare boards in terms of pilgrims’ enlightment and mobilization. Bauchi, FCT, Nasarawa will received an award as the Best state in terms hand luggage management and logistics, Best Pilgrims Accommodation In Makkah and Most Responsive States Hajj Official respectively.
In the Tour operators’ category, Comerel Travel will be honoured as the Best Tour Operator within Abuja zone. AL Hujjaj Travel, Oasis air services are the best tour operators in Lagos and Kano zone accordingly. The process that gave birth to nominees were carefully scrutinize based on hajj performance index and independent hajj reporters 2017 hajj evaluating team report.
As published in my Column in today’s Blue prints newspaper