Nigeria Officials Arrive Saudi Arabia to Sign MoU on 2023 Hajj
By Alabidun Shuaib AbdulRahman
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has sent a delegation to Saudi Arabia to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the 2023 Hajj.
The MoU outlines the guidelines for the upcoming pilgrimage, said the commission’s Assistant Director of Information and Publications, Mousa Ubandawaki, in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Ubandawaki added that the delegation, led by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Amb. Zubair Dada, also includes Sen. Adamu Bulkachuwa, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and Abubakar Nalaraba, Chairman of the House Committee on Pilgrimage.
Others are the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NAHCON, Zikrullah Hassan, some board members, stakeholders, and staff.
The signing of the MoU will mark the start of preparations for the 2023 Hajj.
He added that the commission was leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the 2023 Hajj operation was more successful, noting that in its attempt to ensure complete success of the 2023 Hajj operation, the commission was carrying along all the stakeholders for synergy and effective service delivery.
”The commission is appealing to all stakeholders and the general public for cooperation, useful advice and objective criticism that will aid in achieving more successful hajj operation.”
He said the itinerary of the NAHCON team in Saudi Arabia during the visit included attending an exhibition on Hajj and Umrah and meeting with the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).
”Also, the team will hold series of meetings with Mutawif Company for Africa Non-Arab Countries, Adillah Establishment in Madinah, Deputy Minister of Hajj for Umrah and Ziyarah, Madinah and the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah (Pilgrims’ E-track system Department.
”Similarly, the team will meet with General Cars Syndicate, the United Agents Office, the Islamic Development Bank, the Executives of the State Pilgrims’ Welfare Boards, Agencies, Commissions, the representatives of Association of Hajj and Umrah Operators of Nigeria and others.