3rd September, 2012
The National Hajj Commission (NAHCON) is to issue free SIM cards to all intending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia this year, to ease communication difficulty during the pilgrimage.
The Chairman of Niger State Pilgrims Welfare Commission, Alhaji Mamman Muhammad, told a stakeholders’ meeting in Minna on Monday that the 100,000 SIM cards had been made available to NAHCON by a Saudi Arabian telecommunication firm.
He said that the SIM cards would be distributed to the intending pilgrims before their departure to the holy land.
Muhammad, however, assured intending pilgrims from the state that the commission would inquire about the SIM card to ascertain if there were no hidden charges.
The investigation, he said, was necessary to protect the interest of the pilgrims.
He said the intending pilgrims have the right to select any other network of their choice, if they were not interested in using the free SIM card.
“It is not a compulsory thing for the pilgrims to use the SIM cards”, he stressed.
He also told the meeting that vaccination of the intending pilgrims against polio, yellow fever and Celebro Spinal Meningitis was compulsory and that yellow forms would not be issued to any pilgrim who had not been vaccinated.
The chairman advised the pilgrims to adhere to all regulations, including the eight and 32 kilogrammes limit for luggages.
In his remarks, the state Amirul Hajj, Justice Jibrin Ndajiwo, said the pilgrims must adhere strictly to the new luggage limit rules, saying: “any attempt to defy the limit will bring untold hardship to other pilgrims and their return back to the country.”
He promised that all Hajj officials in the state would lead by example and urged the intending pilgrims to be law abiding during the exercise. (NAN)