HAJJ 2023: NAHCON meets service providers in Madina, appeals for Makkah Route Initiative for Nigerian Pilgrims
In continuation of its engagements with relevant agencies and service providers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), a delegation led by the Chairman/CEO, Alh. Zikrullah Kunle Hassan visited the Adilla Establishments and Ministry of Hajj, (Madina branch), where he expressed gratitude for the restoration of the 95,000 Hajj allocation to Nigeria.
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The Chairman also canvassed for the support and assistance of the Establishment in approving 80 per cent of Nigeria’s pilgrims to arrive and Visit Madina before Arafat. He also solicited the assistance of the Establishment in ensuring the return of the country’s contingent to the Makkah Route Initiative (MRI). The project is an automated luggage Check-in procedure, where the screening and processing of pilgrims’ luggage are done right in the country of departure.
In his remarks, the Deputy Chairman of Adilla Azmin Umar Abashi expressed delight at receiving the NAHCON Delegation and promised to assist the Commission in every way possible to ensure it achieves the desired success in this year’s Hajj. He further intimated to the delegation the need to ensure compliance with the flight schedule.
At the Ministry of Hajj, Madinah branch, the Chairman and the delegation were informed that the Commission’s request for inclusion in the Makkah Route Initiative MRI would be looked into and given favourable consideration by the authorities.
At the United Agents office in Jeddah, Sahir Ibn Abdul Aziz Mootar, expressed delight at receiving the NAHCON Delegation and promised to assist and support the Commission in organising a hitch-free Hajj for the pilgrims.
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