Saudi Assures Nigerian Muslims of Hitch-free Hajj 2023 As NAHCON Signs MoU

The much anticipated Memorandum of Understanding for the 2023 Hajj was signed today 9th January 2023 between the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) and the Saudi Ministry of Hajj at a colourful ceremony held at the Super Dome Centre in Jeddah Saudi Arabia, Mousa Ubandawaki Assistant Director Information and Publications
NAHCON said in a statement.

According to Ubandawaki, “The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Zubair Dada signed the document on behalf of Nigeria and was witnessed by Chairman/ CEO of NAHCON, Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan, the three Executive Commissioners, Alhaji Nura Hassan Yakasai, Alhaji Abdullahi Magaji Hardawa and Sheikh Suleiman Momoh, Board Members and staff of the Commission.

He said, “One of the highlight of the document is the confirmation of 95,000 (ninety five thousand) Hajj slots to the Country in this year’s Hajj with 75,000 (seventy five thousand) allocated to the 36 States’ Pilgrims Welfare Boards /Agencies & Commissions including the FCT and Armed Forces, while 20,000 (twenty thousand) is allocated to the Private Tour operators.”

Similarly, on the side line of the MoU, the delegation met with the Mutawwif of African Non-Arab, whose Chairman Ahmad Sindi, assured the country of its readiness to make the 2023 Hajj better than the previous years. He further disclosed that his agency in a bid to create more rooms and space to pilgrims have adopted the use of double deck bed at the Mashair for some countries this year.

He therefore urged the participating countries to work assiduously to achieve a hitch-free Hajj 2023, the statement added.


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