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The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) on Tuesday called for closer cooperation of African and Non Arab countries in tackling problems being encountered by their pilgrims in Saudi Arabia.

The chairman of the commission, Alhaji Abdullahi Mohammed, made the call in separate visits to Hajj Commissions of Niger Republic and Pakistan in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

He said it was important for countries to pool resources together in tackling their pilgrims’ problems.

Mohammed said the countries could cooperate in providing ambulance services, transportation, accommodation and in attending to distress calls by pilgrims, which Saudi officials were yet to come to terms with.

The chairman said it was in a bid to address the issue that NAHCON introduced the use of electronic wristbands.

“But the measure was not implemented because of opposition from Saudi authorities,’’ he said.

The chairman also said that Nigeria would continue to push for independent measures by countries to address peculiar problems of their pilgrims.

He, therefore, called for cooperation among countries to push for their demand during post hajj conference that would be convened by the Saudi government.

Responding, the Director-General, Hajj Commission of Pakistan, Sajid Yoosoufani, pledged to cooperate with Nigeria in the quest to improve pilgrims welfare.

Yoosoufani, who took the delegation to the Commission’s IT centre, advised NAHCON to computerise its operations.

At the Hajj commission of Niger Republic, Mohammed called for a post-hajj meeting of countries in the West African Sub-region to assess areas of cooperation amongst them.

He said such meeting would assist in presenting their cases with one voice to Saudi government.

(Edited by: Ibrahim Mammaga
(NAN)

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