Hajj mangers at all level have been tasked to pay emphasis on staff training, particularly on ICT knowledge.
The Chairman of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Barrister Abdullahi Muktar Muhammad made the call while addressing Kaduna State Pilgrims Board officials at Makkah, Saudi Arabia yesterday.
A statement by the Board’s Public Relations Officer, Yunusa Muhammad Abdullahi said that the NAHCON chairman told the officials that “very soon Hajj managers without computer knowledge will have no business in organizing hajj activities” and that “the world is changing and everything about hajj preparation has gone digital.”
“This means that very soon, let’s say from next year any pilgrim registration officer that is not computer literate should have no business in hajj preparation and activities.
“Saudi Arabian officials have since gone far in using ICT during hajj activities. So, it will be difficult for hajj officials without computer knowledge to operate.
” This is why we are urging State Pilgrims Boards to ensure that they train and retrain their staff on computer knowledge,” he said.
He also said that pilgrims board staff are supposed to build the capacity of their staff on human relations and hospitality as they directly deal with pilgrims.
” States need qualified staff, those with computer knowledge to handle the registration of their pilgrims online as well as make payment for accommodation and for other services in Saudi Arabia because everything is now done online,” he said.
The Chairman added that Kaduna State has performed well this year, saying he was very proud of the state in terms of its expertise in hajj operation.
” I’m proud of Kaduna state and I’m happy that every year you come with good team which is why you always leads other states when it comes to hajj operation.
“Therefore, Kaduna needs to take the lead in terms of training of their staff because other states have already took the challenge of building the capacity of their staff in computer. But I think Kaduna should be the one leading,” he said.
The chairman also cautioned NAHCON staff as well as that of State pilgrims board o always fear their creator and to their jobs with justice ans fairness.