By Godson Ikiebey-
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) will get $243,823 (N87.8 million) as the country sealed a $523,823 (N188,576,280) Technical Assistant Agreement grant with the Islamic Development Bank (ISDB) Group.
The deal was concluded and signed on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at the 44th ISDB Group Annual Meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco.
This was disclosed by Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance via a statement by Paul Abechi, her special adviser on media and communications.
In the statement, the minister was said to have signed the agreement on behalf of the Nigerian Government while Bandar Hajjar, president of the ISDB Group, signed on behalf of the group.
The signing took place during the 44th ISDB Group Annual Meeting held in Marrakesh, with the theme, ‘Transformation In A Fast-Changing World: The Road To SDGs’.
She explained that the TA agreement grants would be used to address capacity building and equipment, as well as logistics upgrade in the Hajj Commission.
According to her, it was also aimed at the improvement of cotton, textile and garment value chain in the federal ministry of industry, trade and investment.
The minister revealed that the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria would get $243,823.0, while the federal ministry of industry, trade and investment would receive $280,000. She said:
“The Technical Assistant Agreement Grant of $243,823.0 to the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria is for capacity building/equipment and logistics upgrade.
“TA grant of $280,000 to the Federal Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment is for the improvement of cotton, textile and garment value chain”.