The Kano State Pilgrims Welfare Board says henceforth it will only employ casual staff in Saudi Arabia who have been vetted by Saudi Authorities.
KANO FOCUS recalls that a Saudi-based casual staff of the Board was featured in a video that went viral during the 2019 Hajj operation, where she accused a Centre Officer of defrauding a pilgrim.
However, when the Board instituted a committee of inquiry, the casual staff disappeared without a trace.
Executive Secretary of the Board, Muhammad Abba Dambatta state in a statement issued on Wednesday that the new policy is meant to prevent similar occurrences.
Mr Dambatta said the Board will soon launch a newly constructed Kano Pilgrims Hospital under the supervision of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).
He added that the Board is also about to lay the foundation of a proposed 500-bed hotel for pilgrims in Kano.
In a remark, the Chairman of the Board, Abdallah Saleh Pakistan, charged the Centre officers to be God-fearing in discharging their duties.