The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) said it has secured approval for refund of the sum of SR542, 033, equivalent of N107, 864,567 from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,
The money,it was garnered being refund for the poor feeding services rendered by the Company of Mutawwifs for pilgrims from African non- Arab Countries during the 2022 Hajj.
The Assistant Director, Information and Publication Division of NAHCON, Mallam Mousa Ubandawaki, made the disclosure in a press statement made available to Muslim News on Tuesday.
Mallam Ubandawaki said 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.
The Hajj Commission thereafter protested and drew the attention of the company to the ugly trend.
“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 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.”
Reacting to the development 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 their role in ensuring that they refunded the money paid for services not rendered or poorly delivered.”
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 Hajj in Saudi Arabia.