The Katsina State government has announced its intention to partner with Al-Rufaqa Travels and Tours to ensure the smooth running of this year’s Lesser Hajj (Umrah) operations in the state.
Alhaji Badaru Karofi, Public Relations Officer (PRO), Katsina State Pilgrims Welfare Board, announced in a statement to reporters on Monday in Katsina.
He said that the executive director of the board, Alhaji Suleiman Nuhu-Kuki, revealed it while leading his management team for a meeting with the chairman of Al-Rufaqa, Alhaji Abdulkadir Kofan-Sauri.
According to Karofi, the meeting aimed to iron out gray areas in the envisaged partnership agreement between the two organizations.
“The meeting also reviewed the progress made towards the start of Umrah operations by the board of directors, as approved by Governor Aminu Masari.
“Suleiman-Kuki expressed his optimism that the experience of the two partners will facilitate the early start of the Umrah operation from Katsina.
“This will alleviate the difficulties encountered by residents of Katsina State interested in performing Umrah,” the statement said.
He added that other issues discussed included measures introduced by the Saudi government to guide the smooth running of Umrah operations.
“The Executive Director informed the meeting that Katsina is fortunate to have one of the best African airlines for the Hajj, Max Air, Nigeria Limited.
“The board appreciates strategic partners like Airline Max in Umrah and Hajj season operations,” Karofi said citing Nuhu-Kuki.
Karofi said that Nuhu-Kuki also welcomed the maximum support and cooperation given to the council by the National Hajj Commission, other relevant partners and sister agencies in Nigeria.
In response, the chairman of Al-Rufaqa Travels and Tours, Alhaji Abdulkadir Kofar-Sauri, assured the board of directors of all the support necessary for the success of the exercise.