By Salisu Sani-Idris, Abuja.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has refunded N107 million to the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) for the poor feeding services rendered by a company, the Mutawwifs, to pilgrims from African non-Arab countries.
The commission’s Assistant Director, Information and Publication Division, Mousa Ubandawaki, made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.
Ubandawaki explained that the development was sequel to several letters and reminders by the commission to the company on its poor feeding services during the Masha’ir period.
He recalled that the 2022 Hajj was marred by poor services rendered by the Muassassah to Nigerian Pilgrims, particularly with regard to feeding during the five-day peak of Hajj.
Alhaji Zikhrullah Hassan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NAHCON, described the development as heart-warming.
He said that it vindicated the commission’s tenacious struggle to right the wrong feeding arrangements and quality of services rendered to Nigerian Pilgrims during the 2022 Hajj by the Muassassah.
“I really want to thank my counterparts from the Mutawwifs for this role in ensuring that they refunded the money paid for the services not rendered or poorly delivered,” he said.
The Mutawwifs or the Muassassah is the Saudi company responsible for accommodation, transportation and feeding of Nigerians and other Africans in Muna and Arafat during the Hajj.