We will not accept Hajj Commission moving to Foreign Affairs – Operators
The Association for Hajj and Umrah Operators of Nigeria (AHUON) has described the calls to move Hajj Commission to Ministry of Foreign Affairs as counter-productive; adding that events that lead to the creation of the commission in 2007 are too horrible to endure a recurrence all over again.
This was contained in a speech delivered by the National President of
the association, Abdulfattah Abdulmajeed at National Hajj Conference
held in Abuja on February 15, 2017.
“The suggestion that Hajj and Umrah industry be returned to the
Foreign Affairs ministry is not only out of tune, but totally
unacceptable. The events leading to the setting up of NAHCON in 2007
are just too well known and fresh in our memories to be catalogued
here.” He said.
Abdulmajeed added that the height achieved by the commission is
laudable nationally and internationally, stressing that the commission
should be left to sustain the pace to avoid recurrence of crises that
cloud Hajj operations from the country in the past.
In his word, “The emergence of NAHCON in 2007 has allowed the Hajj and
Umrah industry in Nigeria to be sanitized and now it occupies the
center stage not only in Nigeria, rather all over the world. After
all, Nigerian Hajj mission is one of the best three countries during
the hajj 2016.”
He advised the ministry to research into how Hajj operations are
treated in countries with first class Hajj Missions by their home
governments to emulate same in Nigeria.
It will be recalled that the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs,
Khadija Abba-Ibrahim, had on the 7th of February, 2017 appealed to the
National Assembly to return control of Hajj Commission to the ministry
for proper coordination.
Her reason for the call was that, “by tradition in diplomatic cycle, a
country does not relate with sub-organ of
government but the state through Foreign Affairs Ministry.
“Hajj office domiciled in the office of the SGF will not be able to
operate effectively because Saudi Government will not have any direct
dealing with the office of the SGF.”