By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board has developed a COVID-19 centric operation plan to guide its operations and officials against the scourge.
The Overseer of the Board, Hajia Hannatu Zailani last year mandated the Director of Operations, Malam Abubakar Alhassan to constitute an operational think-tank to review and brainstorm on the state’s hajj operations system and come up with an efficient covid-19 hajj operation plan that will guide the operations and mitigate the risks involve against the pilgrims and pilgrim officials.
The plan which was to be harmonious with other stallholders arrangements could not reach fruition owing to the cancellation of the 2020 Hajj.
Due to the preponderance of the scourge since then, against the backdrop of the increasing threat of coronavirus to Hajj operations, committee has gone ahead with its task and has concluded the assignment which is expected to guide the operations of the board in the 2021 Hajj.
The plan was expected to be formidable enough to help mitigate the risks of covid-19 against Kaduna pilgrims and officials.
The task force under the leadership of the Director of Operations, Malam Abubakar Alhassan, has worked along with experts in public health and other related resource persons within and outside the board, in reviewing the entire hajj operations model of the state in relations to the national structure, regulatory concerns and consular aspects of hajj operations to fathom a guideline to help it in meeting its goals of smooth hajj operations.