Hajj2006: Saudi Arabia To Replace 4000 Buses For Nigerian Pilgrims

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has said that about 4000 buses mostly used by Nigerian pilgrims would be replaced by Saudi Arabia government ahead of this year’s hajj exercise.

Chairman of the commission Abdullahi Mukhtar Mohammed made the disclosure on Tuesday in Abuja while hosting a delegation of the Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN) who paid him a courtesy call.

He said the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari and efforts of the commission and other stakeholders led to the securing of better deals for Nigerian pilgrims.

“The Saudi Arabia authorities have assured us that only buses from 2008 models would be used by our pilgrims and that about 4000 of the existing buses would be withdrawn and replaced with new ones.

“The visit of President Muhammadu Buhari also led to the Saudi government assuring us that there would change in the location of Nigeria tent in Mina to be closer to the Jamrat (for the symbolic stoning of the devils rite),” Mohammed said.

He added that due to the prediction that hajj seasons will fall in hot weathers for some years from now, that the Saudi Arabia government would improve on the cooling system in the tents and extend it to the camps too.

He also commiserated with the visitors over the death of Hajiya Bilkisu Yusuf in the Mina stampede, saying she died while serving female pilgrims as an official of the commission.

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