The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, on Wednesday, signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with the authorities of Saudi Arabia for the 2019 Hajj exercise.
This was contained in a statement by Fatima Usara, Head of Public Affairs Division, NAHCON, and made available to newsmen on Wednesday.
She said crucial papers that will shape and facilitate the 2019 Hajj exercise were signed in the Holy town of Makkah.
Mrs Usara explained that the MoU signing was made between the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah in the presence of Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah, Muhammad Saleh Bin-Taher Benten, Nigeria’s Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Khadija Ibrahim, NAHCON Chairman, Abdullahi Mukhtar, NAHCON Commissioners and other important dignitaries.
“Apart from Pakistan, Jordan and Turkey, Nigeria is among the first five countries to be invited and hosted by the Kingdom for this esteemed visit.
“Prior to the occasion thus, Nigerian delegation to the meeting led by Nigeria’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs held a final consultative and coordination parley on Monday 11th December, where representatives of different Hajj minders in Nigeria perused talking points for the meeting to ensure that no important item was omitted,” the statement read in part.
“Those in attendance at the coordination meeting were drawn from the diplomatic core, Rtd Justice Ambassador Isa Dodo, Consul General of Nigeria to Saudi Arabia, Alhaji Yunusa and others. Other members include representatives of airline operators, Director General of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authorities, NAHCON’s Chairman, Commissioners and some important dignitaries from related fields,” said the statement.