2024 Hajj: NAHCON tasks media team on accurate, objective reportage

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By Salisu Sani-Idris

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has implored members of the 2024
Hajj Media Team to ensure accuracy and objectivity in their reportage throughout the hajj operation.

The Executive Chairman of NAHCON, Malam Jalal Arabi, made the call while inaugurating the National Media Team for
the 2024 Hajj on Thursday in Abuja.

Arabi also emphasised the need for members of the media team to “be upright because so much depends on what you report.

“You are in a position that can make or mar a community. The concern is to ensure that you do what is right to the best of your
ability and conscience.

“I have no doubt in my mind that you have proven your worth in all spheres, but there is no harm in being reminded as to the high
expectations from you to do the right thing throughout the pilgrimage.

“The commission is open to constructive criticisms and guidance.”

Arabi also urged the media team to be participatory, saying “don’t just think you are going as media team only. You also have the
responsibility to participate and guide other pilgrims where necessary.”

Earlier, Prof. Abubakar Yagawal, the Commissioner, Planning Research, Statistics, Information and Library Services, had enjoined members
of the media team to protect the interest of Nigeria and project the image of NAHCON positively.

Yagawal also reminded the media about the principle of information dissemination, set by Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him).

He said Prophet Muhammad said “whoever believes in Allah and the last day should either say what is good or keep quiet.”

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Also, the NAHCON Commissioner of Operations, Mr Anofi Elegushi, said the media had been an important part of hajj operations,
adding that “whatever we do in Saudi Arabia must be reported back home.”

Responding, the Chairman of the media team, Mousa Ubandawaki, also the Deputy Director, Information and Publications Division, NAHCON,
assured the team’s readiness to work for the interest of pilgrims and the country. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

Edited by Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu

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