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Saudi bars pregnant women, drug peddlers from Hajj



Saudi bars pregnant women, drug peddlers from Hajj

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has tasked pregnant women and peddlers of drugs to stay away from 2018 hajj operations. The kingdom had, for the umpteenth time, declared its non-approval for pregnant women to participate in the operations. It insisted that this was to avoid the pregnant prospective pilgrims from being subjected to grievous health risk. Stating that this was part of the correspondence the kingdom sent to the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).

The Executive Secretary of the Kwara State Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Mohammed Tunde-Jimoh, explained that the law banning pregnant women from performing hajj through the board was still in force. He warned that no pregnant woman should even approach the board for registration.

The Executive Secretary said the board was still expecting directive from National Hajj Commission on the issue of biometric registration for all intending pilgrims. In the same vein, the Muslim Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria (MMPAN) has commended NAHCON for its various innovative reforms which has improved and ease the performance of Hajj in Nigeria.

The Association gave the commendation when its executive members led by the president, Mallam Abdulrahman Balogun, paid a courtesy visit to Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NAHCON, Barrister Abdullahi Mukhtar, at the commission’s Headquarters in Abuja. Balogun called for partnership between the association and NAHCON for improved Hajj reportage and propagation of Islam.

In a welcome address earlier, Chairman/CEO of NAHCON, Barrister Abdullahi Mukhtar, represented by Commissioner, Policy, Personnel, Management and Finance, Alhaji Adebayo Yusuf Ibrahim, commended the association for using various media channels of members to enlighten the Muslim Umma on Hajj activities.

He advised them to imbibe the ethics of the profession by being fair, objective and honest in their reportage as required by the Islamic faith. Alhaji Adebayo assured the association of the commission’s commitment to fulfill its pledge in partnering with the association in the area of training and implementation of the media guidelines to be instituted by the commission on Hajj Reporting

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