Nigerian pilgrims may enjoy new enhance passport for 2020 Hajj

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The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria(NAHCON) has disclosed that, Pilgrims May Enjoy Advantage of New Enhanced Passports, Reduction of Airport Screening Time in Nigeria

According to the commission, pilgrims to 2020 Hajj may benefit from a newly enhanced international passport booklet preliminarily released in Abuja, Kano, Lagos and Port Harcourt.

The reveal was made Wednesday 19th February, 2020 when NAHCON Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan paid a courtesy visit to the Immigration Boss as a step towards familiarization and preparations for a smooth and quick exit of Nigerian pilgrims during Hajj operations.

Alhaji Zikrullah appreciated the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) for the excellent working relationship between the two sister agencies. However, he decried the long waiting hours experienced by Nigerian pilgrims during outbound journey from Nigeria to Saudi Arabia. He implored the Comptroller –General, Muhammed Babandede to wade into the situation being a one time National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) Board Member representing the NIS under NAHCON’s 2nd board.

Responding, C.G.I Babandede congratulated Alhaji Hassan for his remarkable confirmation as NAHCON Chairman and prayed for the board’s success. He explained that the enhanced passport is designed to speed up documentation and clearance of travellers, drawing the attention of the NAHCON chairman on hiccups usually caused due to late commencement of preparation.

The two organizations later agreed by that henceforth, NAHCON’s command and Control shall be working in unison with the NIS so as to shore-up a speedy screening exercise for pilgrims.

Credit: NAHCON platforms

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