The Saudi Arabia Ministry of Hajj has allotted 95,000 seats to Nigeria for the 2018 Hajj, the same number allotted to Nigeria during the 2017 hajj operations.
The chief media officer to the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Mallam Adamu Abdullahi, in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP Weekend in Abuja. He said the decision was reached at the meeting held between NAHCON and the Saudi Ministry of Hajj in Makkah.
“The meeting which kickstarted the process of Hajj 2018 preparations was witnessed by the Saudi Arabian delegation led by His Excellency, the minister of Hajj and Ummrah, Dr Muhammad Saleh Bin Taher Bentenand while the Nigeria’s delegation was led by the Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Hajia Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim,” Adamu said.
The Nigerian delegation comprised of NAHCON members led the chairman/CEO, Barrister Abdullah Mukthar Muhammad. The delegation commended the efforts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the successful hosting of over two million pilgrims without any major incident in 2017 and condoled with Saudi on recent attempted missile attacks on the Kingdom while reiterating Nigeria’s stands on all forms of terrorism. It also laid emphasis on the shortage of tents at Mina during the 2017 Hajj and requested for improvement of services and facilities during the 2018 Hajj exercise.
The Saudi minister in his response praised NAHCON for a wonderful outing during the 2017 hajj which he said raised Nigeria’s bar among the most organized hajj missions in the world while he also showered encomiums on maturity displayed by Nigerian pilgrims.
Bin Taher Bentenand informed the Nigerian delegation that massive infrastructural improvements especially in Mina have been undertaken by Saudi authorities in line with its Vision 2030.