By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – To ascertain the level of readiness for this year’s Hajj Departure Centres, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NAHCON, Barrister Abdullahi Muhammad on Monday, July 8, 2019, visited the Mando Hajj Transit Camp in Kaduna state.
The NAHCON Chairman and his team met a camp ready to host intending pilgrims from across the state.
The Mando Hajj Transit Camp which stands on a vast expanse of land housing the Hajj facility is a revenue generating potential waiting to be harnessed.
Hopefully, by the time all bureaucratic technicalities are concluded, the Hajj transit facility will stand tall in hospitality to potential guests of The Most Merciful Lord.
The state also awaits full take-off of the Hajj Development Levy infrastructural program that will see hotels constructed across departure centres in the country.
Several amenities have been constructed in the camp for ease of pilgrims while they await airlift to the holy land.
When completed, the hotels will serve as pilgrims’ accommodation during Hajj seasons, and at off seasons, will be rented out to generate funds for the state board and the Commission.
The plan is to have clinics, event centres and mini-markets in the camps for commercial and institutional uses.
For 2019 Hajj departure exercise, it is believed that water will not be the headache of Kaduna state pilgrims with two boreholes sunk in different locations of the camp.
The Commission’s Chairman had consistently maintained that providing pilgrims with essential facilities on camps is one of the strategies that must be used to ensure security by keeping at bay, criminals who would attempt to take advantage of the necessity to scheme their atrocities.
For this reason, male and female toilets have been constructed around the guest waiting areas. Barbed wires adorn the perimeter fences where screened pilgrims are secluded and fortified before being transported to the airports.
The spaciously built male and female toilets raise only one concern, how pilgrims will deploy proper toilet etiquettes to help the state Welfare Board in maintaining its cleanness.
Already, officials of the Board are exploring different options to guarantee hygiene of toilets and ablution cubicles at all times. The same goes for the newly constructed mosque which the pilgrims will immensely benefit for observance of good hygiene.
One remarkable arrangement in the Kaduna Hajj camp that may be unique to it, at least in this region of the country, is the compartment which houses Hajj Crescent Initiative, a Non- Governmental Organisation which has taken responsibility for feeding pilgrims at the camp free of charge.
It is an initiative that has been ongoing in the state for years and one that several pilgrims would wish is extended to their domains as well.