The Head of centre, showing journalist screening process
What could have been a serious disaster was averted yesterday after the Scanning machine of one of the handlers of Nigeria Pilgrims Luggage discovered Gas Cylinder inside 32 Kg bag meant to be transported back to Nigeria.
The discovery was made yesterday when officials of national hajj commission leads by it”s Chairman, Barr Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammed along with Journalists paid an unscheduled visit to Nigeria Pilgrims luggage screening centre located at Zaidi along Jeddah road in Makkah,
The visit to the luggage centre was necessitated by a complain by Kano state hajj official that pilgrim’s 32 Kg bag were being opened by the luggage handlers when NAHCON Chairman visited Kano state hajj officials on Wednesday night in their accommodation at Misfala in Makkah for interaction.
Reacting to the issue raised, NAHCON Chairman then promised to investigate the allegation that night. He immediately proceeds to luggage centre after the interaction in order to finds out.
On reaching the centre, the delegations were taken to an office where luggage that were rejected by the scanning machine are kept. The Head of the screening centre, Mallam Iliyasu explained to the delegation that every 32Kg luggage have to undergo thorough screening as directed by Saudi Arabia General Authority of Civil Aviation.
He now opened one of the rejected bag and found a small Gas Cylinder inside. Mr Iliyasu along with the representatives of airliners told NAHCON Chairman some bags contained 20Kg Zamzam water and prohibited items; hence the need to open the bag and remove the items so that such luggage can be transported to airport for onward delivery to airliners.
NAHCON Chairman listening to the operator at the centre
Addressing the Journalist after the inspection, NAHCON Chairman directed the luggage handlers to ensure the presence of state pilgrims board officials and the owner of such rejected luggage before they would be opened.
He promised that there would be more enlightenment on the luggage policy so as to prevents pilgrims from putting prohibited items inside bag.