The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) Madina Coordinator Maigari Ahmed yesterday 30th July 2018 visited the Saudi Arabian Deputy Minister of Hajj and Umrah, Mohammad Albijawi, Maigari was there to discuss issues of importance regarding the ongoing Hajj operations, he said various issues of concern that are being faced by the Nigerian pilgrims in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia where discussed in the meeting, one of which is the long time being taking for verification after landing in Saudi Arabia, “ there is this issue of doing multiple verification which takes time to process, and pilgrims have to do both in Nigeria and after landing in Saudi Arabia”
In his response the Deputy minister assured him that everything is put in place for the smooth running of the verification, which he said is done twice to in order to verify the true identity of the person whose biometric was captured in Nigeria before being allowed entry in to their country, “they take the biometric in Nigeria as full details, while here is just to check and confirm the details of the pilgrim”.
The minister said Nigeria could emulate Malaysia and Indonesia where by screening process of pilgrims and their luggage would be completed in Nigeria before departing to the holy land, “Our officials will screen Nigerian pilgrims at your airports before boarding aircraft as soon as they land in Saudi then there would be no need of any screening”.
The Coordinator assured him that he would convey the message to the proper authorities, in order to see that the partnership is being done which will ease the transportation of Nigerian pilgrims.
In his own part the minister pleaded with the NAHCON officials to intensify enlightenment of the intending pilgrims on the issue of drug trafficking and contraband items such as kola popularly know as GORO which he said the Saudi authorities do not take it lightly on issues relating to drugs.
Maigari guaranteed him the readiness of the Commission and the measures put in place to checkmate the menace of both drug and human trafficking in Nigeria. “NAHCON has put in place all the necessary things to prevent people from trafficking drugs and even human beings to the Kingdom, the security committee is on its feet to ensure that does not happen” he added.