The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has advised licensed private tour operators to uphold the principle of professionalism to ensure that Nigerian pilgrims get value for their money.
The Executive Chairman of the commission, Alhaji Abdullahi Muhammad, gave the advice during a familiarisation meeting with the leadership of Association for Hajj and Umrah Operators of Nigeria (AHUON) in Abuja.
Muhammad said that the business of Hajj and Umrah management was not an open market affair where everybody could venture into, stressing that it was a professional industry that must be managed by professionals.
He said the business of hospitality, tourism and more importantly, the one that had to do with the religion, must be highly professionalised so that people would get value for their money.According to him, in other Climes, whoever decided to venture into such business must get certification to ensure international best practice.
The executive chairman, therefore, urged the leadership of the association to be responsive by making sure that their members behaved in a very professional manner to enhance sanity in the business.
He expressed the readiness of the commission to support the association in its drive to make sure that its members competed with their contemporaries all over the world.“I want to remind you that leadership is all about sacrifice, you cannot lead while you cannot sacrifice; you have to lead by example by practising what you preach.
“Your actions and reactions as a leader must be synonymous with those of responsible leadership.You should make sure that your members behave in a very professional manner and you will find in us all the support required because we believe that the business of management of Hajj and Umrah is not an open market.
“Hajj and Umrah industry is a professional venture that must be managed by professionals,’’ he said.
The Acting President of AHUON, Alhaji Salihu Butu, pledged the determination of the association to ensure that its members obeyed the rules and regulations of the Hajj and Umrah industry.
Butu assured that the leadership of the association would work assiduously to improve the quality of services that would be rendered to the pilgrims through constant monitoring and supervision.