As parts of efforts to have successful Hajj operations, the Zamfara State Hajj Commission has commence the collection deposit for 2019 Hajj fares.
This was disclosed by the chairman of the commission, Alhaji Abubakar S. Pawa Dambo while briefing newsmen in Gusau after the review of the 2018 Hajj operations in the state.
Dambo said the early collection of deposits from intending Pilgrims from the state was to ensure that necessary mechanism are put in place to enable early airlift of the Pilgrims next year.
“We experienced delay while transporting our pilgrims to Saudi Arabia which was caused by the delay in full payment of the fare by the pilgrims and we want to avoid that in 2019, In Sha Allah”, he said.
He however cautioned intending Pilgrims to always contact the officials assigned by the commission before depositing their money in order to guard against fraudsters.
The chairman said despite some challenges which includes losing five Pilgrims during the 2018 Hajj exercise, the state recorded tremendous success in the operations.
“Our Pilgrims performed the exercise in good condition apart from the five deceased persons, all the other 2,168 Pilgrims from Zamfara returned back successfully”, he said.
Dambo hinted that the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has concluded plans to introduce new policy that will allow caterers to take Nigeria food items for the consumption of Nigeria Pilgrims following series complaints by the Pilgrims year in year out on the bad quality of the food they are being served while in the Holy Land.
He reiterated the commitment of the state governor, Abdul’Aziz Yari Abubakar to ensuing that the commission gets desired attention to achieve its mandate which is to ensure yearly hitch free and successful Hajj operations.