The Association for Hajj and Umrah Operators of Nigeria (AHUON) has rejected the call that Hajj operation in the country be returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The National President of the operators Alhaji Abdulfattah Abdulmajeed, stated this during the week in Abuja at the opening of the National Training Workshop themed: “Hajj, Umrah and the Policy Challenges: The Way Forward” organised by AHOUN and the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).
The AHOUN President said that the emergence of NAHCON in 2007 has allowed Hajj and Umrah industry in Nigeria to be sanitized and now occupy the centre stage across the world.
“The suggestion that hajj and umrah industry be returned to the Foreign Affairs Ministry is not only out of tune, but totally unacceptable,” Abdulmajeed said.
He said the events leading to the establishment of NAHCON are well known and fresh in memories and that “The pilgrims are no longer stranded and deadlines set are met”.
He said the workshop was to update members of the association not only in hajj and umrah industry but also in the global travel and tourism industry.
Chairman of NAHCON Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammad commended the association for cooperating with the commission and that the recorded achievements were due to such collaborations.
He said that the activities of the operators are been closely monitored and evaluated to ensure quality service delivery to the pilgrims.
He then urged them to key into the commission’s breakthrough in accommodation especially in Medina.
He further urged the operators to honour the PENCON regulations warning that the commission would not relate with any of them failing to comply with the PENCON regulations.