The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, has requested Saudi Arabia’s United Agents to employ the services of Nigerians legally resident in the Kingdom as part of the workforce serving Nigerian pilgrims during hajj exercise.
In a statement by NAHCON’s head of Public affairs division, Fatima Usara, the Chairman of the commission, Abdullahi Mukhtar, made the request at a meeting with United Agents in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
According to the statement, the chairman said employing Nigerians in the Kingdom would ease communication between the pilgrims and the Arab-speaking agents.
The chairman added that those legal residents have an identifiable umbrella through which they can be located.
Responding, the Chairman of the United Agents, Faruq Yahaya-Buhari, said there was no objection to the request as long as the commission could vouch for the people to be employed.
However, he warned that anyone that would be involved must have the temperament to be patient with pilgrims and to also be cautious of tardiness.
“This is because a few minutes’ delay in the timetable could lead to disruption of flight schedules of other countries. Hence, NAHCON must take note of this,” he said.