Breaking: NAHCON secures over N107m refund from Saudi Arabia on 2022 Hajj

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Reacting to the refund after the weekly executive Council meeting earlier today, the Chairman/CEO, Alh. Zikhrullah Kunle Hassan said the development was heart-warming, as it vindicated the Commission’s tenacious struggle to right the wrongs done to Nigerian Pilgrims during the Hajj by the Muassassah, especially in the feeding arrangement and the quality of services rendered during the period.”

*Photo: Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan, NAHCON Chairman/CEO *

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The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has secured the sum of SR542, 033 (Five Hundred and Forty Two Thousand Thirty Three Saudi Riyals, equivalent of N107, 864,567 (One Hundred and Seven Million, Eight Hundred and Sixty Four Thousand, Five Hundred and Sixty Seven Naira) from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

NAHCON in a statement on Tuesday by Mallam Mousa Ubandawaki, Assistant Director, Information and Publication Division, said the refund  was for the poor feeding services rendered by the Company of Mutawwifs for Pilgrims from African Non- Arab Countries.

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He added that “The development is sequel to several letters written and consistent reminder by the Commission to the Company on the poor feeding services rendered to Nigerian Pilgrims during the Masha’ir period.”

A letter signed by the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dr. Ahmad Bin Abbas Sindi to the Chairman/ CEO of the Commission, dated 18TH December, 2022 on the refund reads:

“Reference to your letter no: NAHCON / AN43 dated 10/07/2022, regarding the poor quality of service and in order for the Company to maintain the National relationship between us, the sum of S R542, 033 (Five Hundred and Forty Two Thousand Thirty Three Saudi Riyals) has been deducted from the amount of the Masha’ir feeding contract.”

It would be recalled that the 2022 Hajj  recorded poor services rendered by the Muassassah for Nigerian Pilgrims, especially feeding during the 5-day peak of Hajj, for which the Commission protested and wrote several letters drawing the attention of the Company to the development.

Reacting to the refund after the weekly executive Council meeting earlier today, the Chairman/CEO, Alh. Zikhrullah Kunle Hassan said the development was heart-warming, as it vindicated the Commission’s tenacious struggle to right the wrongs done to Nigerian Pilgrims during the Hajj by the Muassassah, especially in the feeding arrangement and the quality of services rendered during the period.

“I really want to thank my counterparts from the Mutawwifs for this role in ensuring that they refunded the money paid for services not rendered or poorly delivered,” Alhaji Hassan said.

The Mutawwifs or Muassassah as it is fondly called, is the Saudi Company responsible for the accommodation, transportation and feeding of Nigerian and other African pilgrims in Muna and Arafat during the 5-day peak Hajj rites in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

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