The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria,NAHCON and the Embassy

of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, have finalised arrangements to kick off

biometric capturing of the 2019 intending pilgrims soon.

The Head, Public Affairs Division of NAHCON, Fatima Usara, made

this known in a statement in Abuja.

Usara said the decision to commence the exercise was reached after a

special meeting convened by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the

Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Nigeria, Adnan bin Mahmoud Bostaji

and NAHCON, led by its Chairman, Abdullahi Muhammad.

She said the meeting discussed ways of ensuring a hitch-free biometrics

capturing exercise for the Hajj and Umrah pilgrims in view of the

readiness of both NAHCON and the Saudi Missions in Nigeria to start

the exercise early to avoid last minute rush.

Usara said parties in the meeting assured that they had finalised all

arrangements relating to Nigerian intending pilgrims’ registration for the

year 2019 Hajj.