NAHCON signs agreement with airlines for 2024 Hajj



The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), has signed an agreement with Max Air and Air Peace Airlines for the conveyance of Nigerian Pilgrims to and from the holy land for the 2024 Hajj pilgrimage.

The Chairman/CEO of the Commission, Malam Jalal Ahmad Arabi, while presiding over the exercise at the Hajj House in Abuja, urged the airlines to prioritise the security and welfare of pilgrims.

The Chairman/CEO emphasised the importance of air carriers noting that it would be an understatement to outline the importance of air careers in the success of hajj operations.

“You are major stakeholders, you are partners in progress and you know the much that is expected of us jointly.

“This is not your first time participating in this onerous responsibility but just to say that the expectations are still there for a successful outing.

“NAHCON is going to agree with you but the majority of the expectation is based on trust.

“I want to remind you that you have a name to protect whatever you do that is positive will outlive you. NAHCON does not doubt in its mind that you will excel.”

Arabia further pointed out the need for the airlines to take the security and safety of pilgrims seriously saying, “The humanity in you tells you that it is your responsibility.

“The more you try to excel and to prove your worth, the more we will be taking the bullets on your behalf. Do the best you can to live within the standard,” he said.

Earlier on his part,  the NAHCON Commissioner of Operations, Mr Anofi Elegushi, said the signing of the agreement marked a significant milestone in the ongoing effort to ensure a smooth and seamless pilgrimage experience.

“The signing of this agreement with our airlines is a testament to our commitment to providing the best possible service for our pilgrims.

“As we move forward with the implementation of this agreement, I am confident that our collaboration with the airlines will result in a positive and impactful experience for our pilgrims.”

Also, Mr Godwin Balang, Director, Aerodrome and Airspace Standard, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), said that hajj was a very predictable operation and urged the airlines to ensure adequate preparations.

According to him, the welfare and safety of pilgrims to and from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are very important.

Balang, however, assured that the authority would continue to collaborate with NAHCON and offer any assistance in that regard.

Credit: NAN