The Lagos State Government has called on the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) to decentralised its medical team to the holy land.
The state which commended the Commission for good administration of the 2023 Hajj operations believes whittling down the power from the central medical team will ensure optimal performance during the period.
According to the Head of the Lagos State Hajj team, Prince Anofiu Elegushi, the State through its pilgrims board has raised the bar in the administration of Hajj exercise and would love to collaborate with other critical stakeholders for more effective deliveries.
He added the state have been able to control crowd and resolve other issues regarding this year’s pilgrims and successfully airliifted over 3,000 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.
While admitting NAHCON has done well, he called for improvement in the area of medical taking into consideration the large number of people that came from Nigeria which he said overwhelmed their facilities.
“If we can have medical from the houses where pilgrims reside, it would reduce pressure on major medical infrastructure. They should at least release some powers to the State. I am sure, things will go well if they can do that.”
The deputy Lagos State Hajj team, Mr Abdullahi Jebe appreciated Governor Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu for ensuring that the right persons are positioned to carry out the Hajj operations for Lagos Pilgrims.