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COVID-19: Protecting Nigerians our priority now, says Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja reiterated the commitment of his administration to the welfare of Nigerians especially with the outbreak of Covid-19 across the world.

Speaking while receiving the management of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) in the State House, President Buhari said: “I am pleased that you are working with the Ministry of Health on protecting our citizens from Covid-19 virus.

“You must work to guarantee the safety and security of our pilgrims. As a government, this is now a key priority for us. I therefore enjoin you to ensure that adequate medical provisions and other welfare requirements are afforded our pilgrims.”

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The President expressed his delight with the operations of the Commission so far, especially with the reduction of Hajj fares by up to 15 per cent.

“I am pleased to hear of the progress you have made thus far especially in reducing Hajj fares by up to 15 per cent. I am also impressed that you are still working to further bring down the cost next year. This is commendable now especially with the recent global events that have impacted on the economy. Such savings will be timely and most welcome to the pilgrims as well as to Nigeria’s economy,” he added.

President Buhari, however, cautioned them against sacrificing quality for cost, saying the safety and comfort of pilgrims were paramount.

Chairman of NAHCON, Zikrullah Kunle Hassan, had informed the President of the efforts of the commission towards making life better for Nigerians on pilgrimage.

He said that the Saudi government had given some concessions to Nigerians especially in the way of accommodation and tents, assuring the President of even better deals next year when his Board fully takes over negotiations.

“With your kind approval this year, we are working to take full charge of Makhan accommodation because hitherto, the states had been in charge.

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