The Nigerian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Ambassador Isa Muhammad Dodo has praised the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) for its early preparation towards the 2018 Hajj. Speaking during a courtesy visit to NAHCON’s Corporate Office in Abuja, the Envoy expressed joy that the Commission imbibed the practice of early preparation, which he said would positively impact on the the 2018 Hajj exercise. According to him, it is a heart-warming that since the conclusion of 2017 Hajj exercise, it has devoted itself to making plans and preparations, which would help the Commission succeed. “I am glad to be part of the team that witnessed the Signing of the 2018 Hajj Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Saudi Arabia, but I’m very much happy to note that since your return home, you have pursued that preparation vigorously. I therefore wish and hope that you will continue with your efforts in the early arrangements you started in Saudi Arabia,” he said, while addressing the NAHCON Chairman. In his remarks, the Chairman/CEO Barr. Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammad, (MON, FCIA) expressed the Commission’s gratitude and appreciation to the diplomat for his interest and prayers for the success of the Commission. The Chairman highlighted some of the steps taken towards the successful organisation of the 2018 Hajj such as the nation-wide Pilgrims sensitization campaign across the six geo-political zone in the country in which the Commission engaged the Islamic scholars and relevant stakeholders on the new Saudi guidelines for the 2018 Hajj; The introduction of mandatory biometric data capturing of Intending Pilgrims; Introduction of 5% Value Added Tax (VAT) on goods and services as well as the deadline for the closure of Saudi portal. The Chairman however, called for the continued co-operation and assistance of the Nigerian Foreign Mission in Saudi Arabia towards the successful prosecution of the 2018 Hajj operation.


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