Fidelity bank banner UBA banner
Senator, NAHCON chide Nigerian media coverage of Hajj exercise

By Garba Ahmed on 12/05/2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 808


 

Bala Ibn Na’Allah, Deputy Senate Leader of the Nigerian Senate, has chided Nigerian media on the need to exhibit patriotism in their coverage of Hajj exercise.

He made the call at the public presentation of Independent Hajj Reporters (IHR) news website and awards ceremony in Abuja.

The senator, who served as chairman of the occasion, noted that although there was a remarkable improvement in the management of Nigeria Hajj operation by the current leadership of the National Hajj Commission, NAHCON, the website should criticise where necessary.

He noted that there was a lot of deliberate misinformation that was reported in the media on Hajj exercise which according to him, the website is expected to correct to set a pace for other media organisations.

While commending IHR’s initiative, Mr. Na’Allah called on the management of NAHCON, media practitioners and other stakeholders in Hajj operation to support IHR initiative.

Mr. Na’Allah had contributed to the enactment of the Act establishing NAHCON while he was a member of the House of Representative.

“NAHCON should continue to remain focused despite numerous challenges of misinformation, your efforts and that of IHR and other stakeholders will be rewarding even in the hereafter,” he added.

In his remarks, Abdullahi Mukhtar, the Executive Chairman, of NAHCON decried the current situation whereby journalists who are sponsored by various State Muslim Pilgrims’ Welfare Boards and Agencies sometimes work at cross purposes.

He said the commission intends to select journalists that would report Hajj and train them on the intricacies of covering the religious rites.

“The commission will accredit journalists covering annual pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia to sanitise Hajj reporting.

“If FIFA has to accredit journalists that report the World Cup, it is absolutely necessary for the commission to accredit journalists that should cover Hajj,” he said.

The chairman observed that there were complains that many reports endanger the diplomatic relations between Nigeria and Saudi Arabia which some journalists may not be aware of.

Mr. Mukhtar advised journalists deployed for exercise to report strictly on Hajj matters if they go to the Holy land and should desist from reporting issues that have diplomatic implications.

He commended IHR for pioneering the first website in the world that is dedicated to Hajj and Umrah, hoping that the news portal would provide credible information that would counter misinformation about pilgrimage.

The chairman also advised the organisation to open its doors to external ideas.

“Although you are the initiators of the news platform but ideas can come from anywhere. Don’t claim ownership of the website because it is for the Muslim Ummah at large.

“A lot of the misinformation on Hajj is concocted from the politics of hajj. I enjoined IHR not to delve into this politics and economics of Hajj affairs, but stick strictly on Hajj management,” he said

He called on the Muslims to assist IHR financially and materially to succeed.

“IHR deserves financial and material support as well as support in terms of ideas from Muslims,” he added.

Ibrahim Muhammad, the National Coordinator, IHR, said that the decision to set up www.hajjreporters.com arose from the need to create a platform that would aggregate all important Hajj-related information that would serve as a knowledge-sharing platform for all stakeholders.

“The event is not just to launch the website but to appreciate those who contributed to the rise of Hajj administration,” he added.

Ahmed Daku, a retired colonel and former Governor of Kano State, Muhammad Bello Federal Capital Territory Minister, Saidu Barda, first civilian governor of Katsina State;   were given Life Time awards for their contributions to Hajj affairs.

The Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims’ Welfare Board got the overall prize amongst State Pilgrim Boards, while Kaduna State got the award for the best in enlightenment and mobilisation.

Kashim Shettima Governor of Borno State, who bagged a Special Recognition award for his commitment to Hajj in spite of the security challenges in Borno, donated N2 million to IHR.

•Photo by Garba Ahmed shows Ibrahim Muhammad, National Coordinator, Independent Hajj Reporters (IHR), presenting his address at the public presentation of the IHRs news website and awards ceremony in Abuja.

 

Source News Express

Posted 12/05/2018 9:19:05 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
11 drown in Jigawa

IYC President seeks release of Niger Delta youths...

Military releases 275 Boko Haram suspects

N1.2bn land compensation: Taraba communities demand probe of...

Show of shame: Bayelsa Governor’s sister-in-law batters female...

New York man built 200-pound bomb to detonate...

Security experts pass vote of confidence on Arase,...

Rivers Govt. clears the air on $280m loan,...

Militants blow up oil pipeline in Bayelsa

Nigeria must kill corruption before corruption kills her...

350 businessmen owe Nigerian banks N2.5 trillion

Imo State Government intervenes to end fuel scarcity...

 

Latest News Obi didn’t lie about London houses — Spokesman 2019: Bode George, other South-West leaders warn South-East leaders •Urge support for Atiku/Peter Obi ticket N2.97 billion not accounted for in 2016 audit: Report EFCC detains Fayose over N4.6b slush funds Red Cross begs Boko Haram to free Leah Sharibu, Alice Loksha Fayemi appoints COS, SSG, CPS VP Slot: Obi competent; South East Governors not against him — Gov. Umahi Boko Haram: Senate summons security chiefs Landslide destroys 40 buildings, historical sites in Cross River Court bars INEC, APC from disqualifying Zamfara candidates Hauwa’s execution by Boko Haram barbaric, totally unacceptable, says Adegboruwa We stand on Atiku/Obi ticket — South East former lawmakers

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (406,932 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (382,445 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (314,810 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (257,041 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (237,446 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (224,307 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (204,106 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (185,600 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (170,164 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (165,881 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (161,505 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (149,298 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (67) Business & Economy (3,683) Business Verdict (52) Columnists (946) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (559) Features (659) Global Business Monitor (304) International (2,536) Interview (165) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (145) News (39,678) Opinion (1,124) Pidgin (13) Politics (7,254) Religion (880) Sports (1,731) Stock Watch (35) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

Zenith Zero Balance

NLNG Prize for Literature 2018

CBN banner

Firstmobile banner

 

 

 

NEWS EXPRESS TV

LIBYA vs NIGERIA 2-3 Goals Highlights

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement