The Chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan has sought collaboration with the Department of State Services, DSS to fish out what he described as unscrupulous elements among the intending pilgrims
Leading a delegation to the Director-General State Services (DGSS); Yusuf Magaji Bichi at the Service Headquarters in Abuja on Thursday, 3rd March, the NAHCON Chairman stated the purpose of the visit which was to solicit further collaboration with the Agency and assisting the Commission in the proper scrutiny of Nigerians traveling to Saudi for Hajj and Umrah.
He continued that the ban of Direct flight imposed on Nigeria by Saudi Arabia since 8th December, 2021 is still a main concern to the Commission while hoping and praying for the ban to be lifted soon.
He commended the synergy and support of the SSS to the Commission. He also appreciated the good work of the DGSS and the agency in serving the nation.
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He requested the SSS to ensure that unscrupulous elements capable of tarnishing the image of the country are prevented from embarking on Umrah or Hajj to the Holy Land of Saudi Arabia through intelligence gathering and proper scrutiny at our airports. He reiterated the unwavering yearnings of Nigerian Muslims to embark on Umrah and Hajj as soon as all the restrictions are lifted.
In response, the DGSS thanked his guests and equally commended the drive of the NAHCON team in discharging its duties. He highlighted the efforts of the service in seeking an end to the travel ban by Saudi.
He assured the entourage of the readiness of the SSS to collaborate with NAHCON as requested.
The NAHCON Chairman’s team on the visit were Commissioner of Operations, Alhaji Abdullahi Magaji Hardawa, Commissioner of Planning, Research, Statistics, Information and Library Services, Prince Suleman Momoh, NAHCON’sSecretary of the Commission, Dr Rabi’u Abdullahi Kontagora, Deputy Director, Special Duties Bashir Jazuli, Special Assistant (General Matters) to the Chairman, Adelasoye Taiwo Hussein.