Saudi Arabian authorities have put measures in place to control the motion across the Holy Ka’aba (tawaf) throughout the 2019 pilgrimage (hajj).
The measure, in keeping with the authorities, is to assist in crowd management just like the latest innovation in symbolic stoning of the satan (jamarat).
Hitherto, pilgrims have been anticipated to proceed to the jamarat for the stoning ritual from Musdalifa.
Nonetheless, following the Mina stampede of 2015 by which 1000’s of pilgrims misplaced their lives, the authorities launched a flip by flip preparations for pilgrims whereby every nation is given a time to hold out their stoning ritual.
Additionally, pilgrims usually proceed to the Holy Mosque to hold out their tawaf as one of many vital rituals throughout hajj after the stoning ritual.
From 2019, the authorities say they’ll introduce a timetable for nations to hold out their tawaf.
This was revealed Thursday in Makkah by the institution in command of African Non-Arabic Talking International locations, popularly often known as muassassa at a gathering with officers of Nationwide Hajj Fee of Nigeria (NAHCON).
Additionally, in keeping with the spokesperson of (NAHCON), Fatima Usara, authorities of the dominion additionally revealed robust penalties await individuals who overstay in Makkah and their collaborators.
Some Nigerian pilgrims typically overstay their hajj or umrah visas.
To this finish, NAHCON informed the Saudi officers that it has ”laid out plans on this challenge and was supported by the institution pledging to supply the fee all obligatory backing in doing so.
”Either side agreed to introduce collaborative measures that can convey visa/immigration violation to an finish, ” she mentioned.
Mrs Usara, in an e-mail mentioned representatives of Nigeria’s Licensed Tour Operators, who’s pilgrims have been most culpable within the act, additionally pledged that their organisation is not going to tolerate any member attempting to soil their identify and enterprise.
NAHCON additionally took benefit of the assembly to demand that Nigerians pilgrims tent at Mashair ought to have air conditioners as an alternative of desert coolers
The supervisor in command of Jamrat operations beneath Mu’assasa, Abdallah Lashkuri, assured that the request will probably be given consideration.
”Related papers on phrases and situations have been signed legally binding the 2 sides in a contractual settlement,” she mentioned.
Additionally, the President of Normal Automobile Syndicates, the company in command of pilgrims’ transportation all through Hajj season, Abdulrahman bin Mayouf AlHarbi, responded to allegations that Nigerian pilgrims are being overcharged on transport fares in comparison with these from different nations.
”He expressed shock on how this could possibly be attainable seeing that the fees are formally decided, authorities managed in addition to a matter of coverage with fee made inside monetary laws and transparently, ” Mrs Usara mentioned.
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On present contract for pilgrims’ conveyance throughout 2019 Hajj, the official disclosed that as a result of authorities had rolled out a complete social security transport system, henceforth, it mandated all transport corporations to offer new buses no more than 10 years previous.
”This coverage due to this fact jerked up the price of transportation, which had remained the identical prior to now 30 years.
”NAHCON’s Chairman, Barrister Abdullah Mukhtar Muhammad made a plea for this improve to be shelved apart this 12 months attributable to normal financial downturn all around the world.
”Moreover, he argued, procurement of those automobiles is a long-term funding whose proceeds must be reaped steadily.
”Nonetheless, his counterpart within the GCS declared that it’s a choice solely beneath the purview of Ministry of hajj and umrah,” the NAHCON spokesperson mentioned.
She additionally mentioned the GCS President expressed satisfaction with the fee, proclaiming that NAHCON has been among the finest within the final three years and has remained a task mannequin to different nations.
”Agreements for primary transport companies have been signed, ” she mentioned.