PRESS RELEASE NAHCON MEETS SAUDI ARABIAN UNITED AGENTS
Nigeria has been described as one of the best Hajj Missions in the world in Hajj Management. This statement was made by the Chairman of the United Agents Dr Faruq Bukhari. He said that Nigeria is adjudged to be the best partner in terms of organisation, hardwork and implementation of the Kingdom’s policies to make Hajj management a global success. He added that Nigeria has evolved from bad to best position amongst other nations performing Hajj and its progress has been steady. He expressed great delight in treading the route of successful Hajj exercise with Nigeria.
As the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) continues its preparations for the 2018 Hajj, it met with the Saudi Arabian United Agents on Tuesday for the signing of an agreement on how the Nigerian Pilgrims will be transported to and from the various Holy places within the Kingdom. While at the office of the United Agents in Jeddah, the Chairman of the Commission, Barr. Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammad (MON, FCIA) apreciated the brotherly role played by the Office in the handling of Nigerian Pilgrims during the 2017 Hajj. He reaffirmed his request for the Office to employ some Nigerians into its system since the company requires a lot of manpower in the course of rendering its services. He added that the Nigerian Embassy will facilitate the employment arrangements. The Chairman/CEO also appealed to the Chairman of United Agent Dr. Yahya Faruq Bukhari to hasten the repayment of refunds to both States and Tour Operators’. To facilitate the cordial relation, Barrister Abdullahi asked if there are new regulations or guidelines so that the Commission would swiftly start enlightening the 2018 Intending Guests of Allah just like the case of newly introduced VAT, since NAHCON is maintaining its quota of Ninety five thousand (95,000) Pilgrims allocation for the 2018 Hajj.
In his remarks H.E. Nigerian Ambassador to Riyadh, Muhammad Isa Dodo (Rtd. Justice) ascertained his confidence in NAHCON Leadershiph in their relationship with the Saudi Hajj administrators and the smooth interactions between Nigeria and Kingdom of saudi Arabia. He emphasized the need for the United Agents’ continious diligence in rendering better services to the Nigerian Pilgrims.
In his response, the United Agents’ Chairman, Dr. Faruq Yahya Bukhari, promised to treat positively all requests put forward by the Nigerian delegation. United Agents coodinate and facilitate the reception and despatch of Pilgrims at all Saudi points of entry and exit.
At the meeting were representatives of the Presidency and the National Assembly.
Adamu Hassan Abdullahi,