President Buhari updated on 2017 Hajj, NCC activities

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Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday received briefing on 2017 Hajj operation from the Executive Chairman of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Alhaji Abdullahi Mukhtar.

Muslim worshippers, some carrying umbrellas to protect them from the scorching sun, gather for prayer at Namirah mosque near Mount Arafat, also known as Jabal al-Rahmah (Mount of Mercy), where the Prophet Mohammed is believed to have given his final sermon, on August 31, 2017, ahead of the climax of hajj.
Clad in white, their the palms facing the sky, some two million Muslims from around the world gathered on Saudi Arabia’s Mount Arafat for the highlight of the hajj pilgrimage. / AFP PHOTO

Mukhtar, however, declined to speak with State House correspondents after the briefing.

It was, however, gathered that the NAHCON boss also briefed the president on preparations for smooth conduct of 2018 Hajj.

Mukhtar had on Sept. 14 at an interactive session and dinner with members of the 2017 Hajj Media Team in Makkah, disclosed that NAHCON had commenced preparations for 2018 Hajj.

He said that the commission had already sent a team, headed by the Consul General, to negotiate price of accommodation in Madinah to ensure that Nigerian pilgrims were
lodged close to the Prophet’s Mosque.

He said: “To this end, the Commission has sent a delegation to Madina to prepare ground for negotiation of a comprehensive package for pilgrims.”

The Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Sen. Olabiyi Durojaiye, also briefed President Buhari on activities of the commission. (NAN)





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