By Our Correspondent
The Katsina State Pilgrims Welfare Board has organized a one day retreat to review problems of previous Hajj exercise and draw a road map for a hitch free operations in the state.
Alhaji Suleiman Nuhu Kuki, the Executive Director of the board, speaking at the one day retreat organized for board’s staff in Katsina said the event signifies the commencement of some major actions regarding the conduct of the 2021 Hajj.
“It is therefore, our desire as leaders, to embark on assessment of various activities in order to improve Hajj management in Katsina state”.
Kuki who described the retreat as very important, said it would serve as a means of much needed capacity building for staff of the board and play greater role in shaping and developing a greater vision in it’s future activities.
He added that, during the retreat, participants would be informed of the rudiments of Hajj operations and the Herculean task ahead, including deliberation on the commencement of the newly Hajj savings scheme.
“Especially in attending to challenges affecting registration, pilgrims handling, accommodation placements, luggage management and host of other operational activities”, he explained.
While expressing the board’s appreciation to Governor Aminu Bello Masari for his support and encouragement, the state Pilgrims Board boss charged the participants to make better use of what they are taught to appreciate the multifarious challenges facing the Hajj operations in the state.
In a paper presented titled “Planning and other issues in the conduct of annual Hajj operations”, Malam Yusuf Ahmed noted that, it is very difficult to predict the success or otherwise of any Hajj operations.
Ahmed who is the Director Monitoring, Evaluation and Computer of the board said however, with proper planning success can be achieved through strict adherence to guidelines, timely implementation of provision of the board’s integrated calendar of events.