The Saudi Arabia Ministry of Hajj has allocates 95, 000 hajj seat quota to Nigeria – the same number of seat given to Nigeria during 2017 hajj. Out of the 95, 000, 75, 000 hajj seat will be allocates to states pilgrims while the remaining 20, 000 goes to Tour Operators.
The chief Media Officer to NAHCON, Mallam Adamu Abdullahi disclosed this to Hajj Reporters in a press statement issued on the ongoing Nigeria/Saudi Ministry of Hajj 2018 pre hajj meeting holding in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
“The meeting, kick-started the process of Hajj 2018 preparations witnessed the Saudi Arabian Delegation led by His Excellency, the Minister of Hajj and Umrah, Dr Muhammad Saleh Bin Taher Bentenand Nigeria’s Delegation led by the Honourable Minister of State Foreign Affairs, Hon. Khadija BukarAbba Ibrahim”
The meeting had earlier reviewed the 2017 Hajj operations and charts a new course on preparations for Hajj 2018.
The Nigerian delegation comprised of Exco Members of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) led by the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Barr. Abdullahi Muktar Muhammad, MON and Nigeria’s Foreign Missions in Saudi Arabia led by His Excellency, Ambassador Isa Muhammad Dodo, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. The Saudi delegation comprised of representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Hajj, Interior and other agencies in charge of Hajj services.
The Nigerian Delegation had earlier commended the efforts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the successful hosting of over two million pilgrims without any major incidence in 2017 and also condoled the Kingdom on recent attempted missile attacks on Saudi Arabia. It reiterated Nigeria’s stand against all forms of terrorism. It observed that there were shortage of tents in Mina during the 2017 Hajj and also requested the improvement of services and facilities during the 2018 Hajj.
In his response, the Honourable Minister of Hajj and Umrah praised the Nigerian Hajj mission for the wonderful outing in 2017 which made Nigeria among the most organised Hajj Missions and the Nigerian pilgrims among the most law-abiding pilgrims during the 2017 Hajj. He informed the delegation that massive infrastructural improvements especially in Mina, have been undertaken by the Kingdom in line with its Vision 2030 plan to cater for the increased number of pilgrims worldwide. He promised to address all requests made by Nigeria for a better 2018 Hajj.