The Government of Saudi Arabia has placed an embargo on the importation of kolanuts popularly called “goro”, into the Kingdom as the country prepares for this year’s Hajj.
This is even as the Arabian leadership threatened to punish any pilgrim who smuggles the commodity in accordance with the laws of the Kingdom.
A statement as regards to the prohibition was issued on Tuesday by the spokesman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Uba Mana.
The statement read: “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.”
Mana also said that the commission has commenced the co-ordination of capturing of data of intending pilgrims for the issuance of 2016 Hajj visa, adding 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.