The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has organized a capacity-building workshop for information officers in state Pilgrims Welfare agencies, to understand the emerging issues arising from the cancellation of the 2021 Hajj.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NAHCON, Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan, while declaring the workshop open, on Tuesday, in Abuja, noted that information sharing was central to a clear understanding of hajj issues and arriving at collective solutions.
Newsmen report that the workshop was held under the theme: “Hajj, Communications, and the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
Hassan explained that the training would enable the officers to be abreast of happenings in Saudi Arabia, technological innovations, COVID-19 protocols, and their consequences for pilgrims, in order to sensitize them.
He added that the seminar was organized as a medium to debate problems of communication in the changing world of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on mutual interests.
According to him, when partners in the industry have access to accurate, timely, and relevant information from a broad range of sources, they become well-informed and equipped to tackle obstacles and facilitate efficient service delivery.
“We are all too aware of 2020 and 2021 Hajj cancellations for international pilgrims.
“Our collaborative effort with the State boards’ chief executives’ forum provided a unique platform for exchanging ideas where we reaffirmed our commitment to the wellbeing of our intending pilgrims,” Hassan said.
Earlier, Sheikh Suleman Imonikhe, NAHCON Commissioner of Planning, Research, Statistics, Information, and Library, said the training would educate participants on the position of Hajj 2021, to enable them to pass the necessary information to intending pilgrims.
He lamented how COVID-19 robbed societies of their spiritual benefits, economic advantage, business opportunities, and social interactions.