Hajj: S/Ara­bia bans kola im­port – NAHCON

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By Ab­bas Ji­moh

Saudi Ara­bia has banned the im­por­ta­tion of kolanuts pop­u­larly called “goro” dur­ing this year’s Hajj and will pun­ish any pil­grim who smug­gles the com­mod­ity, the Na­tional Hajj Com­mis­sion of Nige­ria (NAHCON) said.

A state­ment yes­ter­day by the spokesman of NAHCON, Uba Mana, said “By this, all Nige­rian in­tend­ing pil­grims are ad­vised to ad­here strictly to the Saudi Ara­bia rules and reg­u­la­tions on pro­hib­ited items. Also, State Mus­lim Pil­grims Wel­fare Boards/ Agen­cies/Com­mis­sions as well as all the li­censed Tour Oper­a­tors are to prop­erly en­lighten their pil­grims on the mat­ter. On its own part, the Com­mis­sion will not hes­i­tate to sanc­tion any Pil­grim Boards/ Agen­cies/Com­mis­sions or Tour Oper­a­tors which flout the in­struc­tion.”

He said the com­mis­sion had com­menced the co­or­di­na­tion of cap­tur­ing of data of in­tend­ing pil­grims for the is­suance of 2016 Hajj visa and that 15,531 pil­grims have been cap­tured so far.

“The com­mis­sion there­fore ad­vises all in­tend­ing pil­grims across the coun­try to im­me­di­ately sub­mit their e-pass­ports to their re­spec­tive State Mus­lim Pil­grims Wel­fare Boards/ Agen­cies/Com­mis­sions for fur­ther pro­cess­ing,” he said.

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