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Christian Pilgrims should spend more days in the Holy Land – Ayewa

March 6, 2020 Editorial III 0

David Ogwole Ayewa, born on June 12, 1952, is the executive secretary, Nasarawa state Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board. In this brief interview with select journalists, the Obi local government area native speaks on a variety of issues including the need for the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) to increase the number of days for pilgrims in the Holy Land. ADOYI Read More

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NAHCON moves to professionalise Hajj mgt

February 7, 2020 Editorial III 0

In-coming chairman of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) Barrister Zikirullah Hassan and acting Chairman of the Commission, Barrister Abdullahi Mukthar Muhammad, has met with the vice-chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Prof Ibrahim Garba, to discuss partnership towards the formation of a Hajj training institute. The meeting was held to discuss prospects for the establishment of the Hajj Training Institute Read More

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Christmas: Pray for Nigeria, cleric urges pilgrims

December 24, 2019 Editorial III 0

A board member, Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) Rev Israel Akanji, has urged pilgrims in the Holy Land to pray for sustainable growth in Nigeria. Akanji gave the advice in his sermon titled, “The church and the glory of Nigeria” at the inter-denominational prayer convocation held in Jerusalem. He said the church, through Christians, needs to be transformed to be Read More

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2019 general pilgrimage: Cleric prays Nigeria’s transformation

December 21, 2019 Editorial III 0

A member of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) Spirituality Committee for this year’s general pilgrimage to Israel, Pastor Peter Ogbe, has prayed for all-round transformations for Nigeria during the on-going general pilgrimage in Israel. Ogbe, the senior pastor of the True Believers Missionary Church Incorporated Nigeria, Abuja, prayed variously at the Lake of Galilee, the Church of Jesus at Read More

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NAHCON: Abdullahi honoured by Mu’assa’sa establishment

December 13, 2019 Editorial III 0

Acting chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Barrister Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammad, was Wednesday honoured by the Establishment for African Non-Arab Pilgrims, popularly referred to as Mu’assa’sa, in the establishment’s office in Makkah. A statement by NAHCON head, public affairs, Hajiya Fatima Sanda Usara, said a giant cake bearing Nigeria’s official colours; Green, White, Green, was toasted to Barrister Abdullahi, Read More

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Mukhtar’s imprint on hajj

December 10, 2019 Editorial III 0

Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammad is to me like the Sardauna of Hajj in Nigeria. He fought many battles during his time in Nigerian Hajj industry to take pilgrimage out of the dungeon. He continued fighting forces from within and without for him to achieve the many feats he had done through the years. Of course, he could not have done it Read More

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S/Arabia releases compensation for victims of Hajj 2015 crane crash

December 9, 2019 Editorial IV 0

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has released compensation for victims of the 2015 crane crash that occurred in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. This was disclosed by Nigeria’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Justice Muhammad Isa Dodo (rtd) during a meeting with the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) in Jeddah at the weekend The meeting was preparatory to the signing of the Read More

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Sanwo-Olu flags off 2019 Christian pilgrimage to Israel, Rome

December 3, 2019 Editorial III 0

Lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu Sunday flagged off this year’s Christian pilgrimage to Israel and Rome at the Chapel of Christ the Light Church, Alausa, Ikeja. According to a statement issued by the NCPC’s head of media, Celestine Toruka, in Abuja, the governor congratulated the state’s intending pilgrims for their “bold initiative” to embark on Holy pilgrimage to strengthen their Read More

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NCPC gets 4 new directors, 17 senior officers

November 30, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) has promoted four deputy directors to directors, while 17 officers were promoted in various grades. According to a statement issued by the commission’s head of media, Celestine Toruka, this was contained in a circular released on November 22, 2019, by the assistant director of administration, Mr. Nkaiso Edemenang, on behalf of the acting executive Read More

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Analysing the operation of NAHCON Act

November 26, 2019 Editorial III 0

“There is no shame in not knowing; the shame lies in not finding out” – Rusian Proverb Hajj administration in Nigeria witnessed a historic moment on Thursday, May 24, 2007 inside the Olusegun Obasanjo Hall in the office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.  It was the day hajj administration was erected on a pillar of Read More

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2019 pilgrimage: NCPC boss tasks security c’ttee on zero abscondment

November 23, 2019 Editorial III 0

The director-in-charge of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrimage Commission (NCPC), Mrs. Esther Kwaghe, has charged the security committee for this year’s Christian pilgrimage exercise to ensure zero abscondment. She gave the charge recently in Abuja while inaugurating members of the security committee for the exercise to Israel and Rome. Mrs. Kwaghe congratulated the committee members for their selection to participate in Read More

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NAHCON leadership and corruption fight back

November 3, 2019 Editorial III 0

Peter Drucker once said, ” Trees die from the top, so do organisations.” This is true for any organisation, as the man at the helm of affairs should be a person with proven ability to lead, guide and motivate the people in the organidation. He should move them as strong, organised, unified force to achieve the organisational goals, so as Read More

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Hajj: States pilgrim boards ignore FOI request on Hadaya

August 3, 2019 Editorial III 0

Independent Hajj Reporters, has said that some states Muslim pilgrims welfare boards have refused to respond to its Freedom of Information, FOI, request on the number of intending pilgrims that paid for hadaya (animal sacrifice) money through Jaiz bank as directed by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON. A statement jointly signed by its national coordinator Ibrahim Muhammed and Read More

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Nigerian female pilgrim dies in Saudi Arabia, 27,466 already airlifted

July 30, 2019 Editor 0

An elderly female Nigerian pilgrim from Sokoto State has died in Madinah, Saudi Arabia few days to the commencement of 2019 Hajj rites. Dr Hamidu Liman, Head of Medical team, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), made the disclosure while speaking with journalists in Madinah on Tuesday. Liman, who did not identify the deceased, said she had an ailment before Read More

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Pilgrim dies in Saudi Arabia

July 24, 2019 Editorial III 0

A female Nigerian pilgrim from Katsina state has died in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. Head of NACHON Medical Team, Ibrahim Kana said the pilgrim died Tuesday morning. Kana said the late pilgrim had “no history of previous illness after going through our Electronic Health Medical Records.” He said the Nigerian team informed the “muassasa,” the Saudi group in charge of Nigerian Read More

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Beware of Middle East respiratory disease, NACHON warns pilgrims

July 24, 2019 Editorial III 0

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has issued a travel advisory in relation to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus disease (MERS-Cov). MERS is a deadly airborne viral infection with no known vaccine or definite medication. A statement by the commission’s Head Public Affairs, Hajiya Fatima Sanda Usara, said sequel to a World Health Organisation (WHO’s) recent disclosure in Geneva Read More

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NAHCON airlifts 16,605 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia

July 23, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Command Control Centre of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has said 16,605 pilgrims have successfully arrived Saudi Arabia for the 2019 hajj exercise. A statistics released Monday by NAHCON; it said the pilgrims were from the FCT, Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Gombe, Katsina, Kano, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Kebbi, Kwara, Kogi, Sokoto, Zamfara, and Lagos states. The commission stated that Read More

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Pilgrims must have confidence to obey God’s will – NCPC boss

July 20, 2019 Editorial III 0

Reverend (Dr) Uja Tor Uja is the executive secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC). In this interview with select journalists in Jerusalem, Israel, he speaks on the main essence of Christian pilgrimage, Nigeria’s security challenges, her untapped potential as well as other national and global issues. ADOYI M. ABA was there. What batch of Christian pilgrimage is this? This is Read More

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Pilgrims visit historical sites in Madinah

July 18, 2019 Editorial III 0

Thousands of Nigerian intending pilgrims for the 2019 Hajj, Monday joined their counterparts from all over the world to visit some historical sites in the city of Madinah. The visit, according to Islamic scholars, is a mark of respect for the tradition of Prophet Muhammad, before the intending pilgrims move to Makkah in continuation of their Hajj. Most of the Read More

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Buni in Saudi, orders new beddings for Yobe pilgrims

July 17, 2019 Editorial III 0

Yobe state Governor Mai Mala Buni has directed that beddings in the accommodation facility provided for pilgrims from the state be replaced with new ones. The governor gave the directive in a statement by the director general, Yobe Government House, Damaturu, Abdullahi Bego, a copy of which was emailed to our reporter. He also said to avoid undue stress, pilgrims Read More

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NAHCON mulls building hotel for pilgrims

July 13, 2019 Editorial III 0

The chairman, National Hajj Commission (NAHCON), Alhaji Abdullahi Mukhtar, has expressed the determination of the commission to build a befitting hotel with the capacity of 500 rooms for Kano pilgrims to be accommodated before they are airlifted to the Holy Land. Speaking in Kano Friday while inspecting facilities put in place for the conduct of a hitch-free hajj operations, Mukhtar Read More

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Gombe Hajj Commission commends media

July 10, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Executive Secretary of Gombe State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Sa’adu Hassan, has commended the media for the support and effective coverage of Hajj operations in the State. Alhaji Hassan gave the commendation Tuesday in his office while briefing journalists on the level of preparations of 2019 hajj operation in the state. He said the media is playing a Read More

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Managing Hajj: A case for project management

June 1, 2019 Editorial III 0

Hajj is an endeavour with magnitude and complexities that require professional handling. Nigerian Hajj managers learnt on the job by trial and error with most of them at the federal and state levels being career civil servants. The success of Hajj usually depends on the dedication and experience of Hajj managers. This means that whenever transition occurs, more often than Read More