Fidelity bank card banner Camano banner
Nigeria, Saudi Arabia sign pact on 2019 Hajj

By Abdullateef Salau on 13/12/2018

Views: 590

•Hajj
•Hajj

 Nigeria and Saudi Arabia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the operation of 2019 Hajj exercise.

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday by its Head of Public Affairs Division, Fatima Sanda Usara.

The statement said the minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim, signed the agreement for Nigeria while Dr. Muhammad Saleh bin Taher Benten, the Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah, signed for his country.

In the agreement which was signed in Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, Makkah in Saudi Arabia, the kingdom allocated 95,000 Hajj seats for Nigeria, same as the previous year.

Dr. Taher Benten commended NAHCON for the successful management of the 2018 Hajj operations and Nigerian pilgrims’ general conduct during the 2018 Hajj exercise.

He assured of the Kingdom’s readiness to assist the Nigerian government and people in making the exercise even easier and more comfortable.

Meanwhile, at a technical session co-chaired by Saudi Deputy Minister of Hajj, Dr. Hussain Ibn Naser Alshariff, and NAHCON’s chairman, Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammad, the commission requested for waiver of 2,000 Saudi Riyals charged on pilgrims participating in Hajj for the repeated time in less than five years and for visa issuance to be made less cumbersome.

“It was also requested that Nigeria be included in the newly introduced arrangement tagged ‘Makkah Road Project’; where pilgrims will undergo all necessary immigration clearance at the airports in their home countries before proceeding to the Holy Land, such that, upon arrival at Saudi airports, they will simply pick their bags and proceed without further scrutiny,” the statement said.

In his response, the Deputy Minister assured the Nigerian delegation that the process of visa issuance will only get better as the Kingdom is keen on seeing to that.

However, to curtail abuse of visa, both parties agreed to work together to address the menace of immigration violators who overstay their permit in the Kingdom.

In another development, the Saudi delegation emphasized on the rule banning importation of kolanuts into the Kingdom while calling on the Nigerian delegates to intensify enlightenment over the matter.

Sourced from a Daily Trust report

Source News Express

Posted 13/12/2018 2:35:47 PM

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
Varsity student bags jail term for fraud

LAUTECH ASUU demands release of visitation panel report...

Gunshot at Osun INEC office

NIMC registers 31 million Nigerians for NIN

Armsgate: EFCC quizzes Falae for receiving N100m

Bauchi signs MoU to establish Sugar Milling Plant...

Ooni: Yoruba heritage immune to blemish

Gavi Champion for Immunisation in Africa, Awele Elumelu,...

INEC officials docked over N362m Diezani bribe

Lagos and the open graves no one is...

50 rushed to hospital after eating cow bitten...

NiMET predicts cloudy weather for today

 

Latest News BREAKING: Trailer crushes woman to death inside her shop in Lagos, man injured Journalist slumps on dance floor, confirmed dead in hospital Murder of Fasoranti’s Daughter: Nigeria’s cup has become full, says Pastor Bakare Final year varsity student jumps from 2-storey building After God, Otedola next in my life — Christian Chukwu 90 cult suspects, car snatchers in police net Igbo leaders descend on Orji Kalu for supporting Ruga 11-year-old student to represent Nigeria at anti-corruption conference in Vienna I’ll win Kogi APC primary whether direct or indirect — Prince Audu SEAMATA demands probe of fire incident in Amaigbo Market Enugu Unknown gunmen abduct varsity don We have land for industries not cow colony, Isoko group tells FG

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (506,823 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (430,595 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (372,150 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (316,098 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (281,387 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (246,740 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (238,231 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (221,581 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (220,379 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (208,094 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (187,771 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (186,480 views)

 

NNPC 2019 National Science Quiz Competition

CBN banner advert

UBA Wise Savers Promo

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (96) Business & Economy (4,351) Business Verdict (76) Columnists (1,070) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (210) Entertainment (633) Features (776) Global Business Monitor (394) ICT Monitor (53) International (3,709) Interview (192) Live Commentary (30) Love Matters (163) Maggie's Blog (334) News (48,624) Opinion (1,288) Pidgin (17) Politics (11,151) Religion (1,048) Sports (2,094) Stock Watch (39) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

 

 

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera