By Jameelah Sanda
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) yesterday honoured members of the 2016 National Media Team covering this year’s Hajj in Mecca.
The event was attended by the staff of the Nigerian Consulate in Jeddah including the Consul-General, members of the Nigerian community in Saudi Arabia, as well as chief executives and staffs of state pilgrims welfare boards and agencies.
In his welcome remarks, the Chairman / CEO of NAHCON, Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammed, expressed appreciation to members of the media team for their commitment and dedication to duty which he said had helped to inform both the pilgrims and the people in Nigeria.
“You have done everything to cover this Hajj objectively, fairly and transparently. We really appreciate your contributions towards making this year’s Hajj a success.
“Our doors are open for advice and constructive criticism, so that we can improve on our performance, “ he said. Abdullahi however enjoined the gathering to use their presence in the Holy Land to pray for the peace, unity and economic progress of the country while calling on Nigerian to also support the administration and the leaders for divine guardance in their quest to make the country better.
“It is time for all of us to make sacrifice and be vibrant in order to take Nigeria to greater height,” he added.
Responding on behalf of the team, the Head of the Plateau State media team, Wada Haruna, expressed appreciation to the commission for recognising their contributions and finding them worthy of honour.
He promised that the media would continue to play its role as an information dissemination organ and also a watchdog and thanked the commission for the gestured which he said was the first time such feast was organised for journalists covering Hajj.
In a goodwill message, the Consul-General, Alhaji Muhammed Yunusa, praised the commission for organising the event which he said would spur and encourage other stakeholders to also contribute more to the hajj activities in the future.
Similarly, acting head of Nigerian Community in Saudi Arabia, Alhaji Umar Abubakar Hadejia, while acknowledging the great strides made by the commission since its inception, implored all to work hard to bring back the glory days of Nigeria when its citizens and currency were highly rated all over the world.