The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria said that it had retained its 95 thousand slots for intending pilgrims for the 2020 hajj.
The commission made the disclosure in a statement made available to newsmen by its Head of Public Affairs, Fatima Usara, in Abuja.
Usara said the agreement was reached during the signing of Memorandum of Understanding, between Nigeria’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada and the Saudi Arabian Minister of Hajj and Umrah Affairs, Saleh Benten.
She said that the memorandum was signed on December 5th, preparatory to the 2020 hajj exercise.
She also quoted the minister as further conveying the president’s request to Saudi Arabia to assist the commission in every way possible, and to support its regulatory role in terms of pilgrims’ airlift to the Kingdom.
On their part, the Saudi Arabian minister, who led the country’s delegation in the signing ceremony, said that Nigeria had witnessed tremendous progress in hajj and Umrah operations.