The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Nigeria, Mr Faisal Alghamdi has pledged to organise free surgeries for indigent Nigerians under the Nur-Saudi Voluntary Campaign in Nigeria.
Ambassador Alghamdi, made the commitment in Abuja during the 93rd National Day celebration of the Kingdom.
He noted that King Salman Al Saud, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, had authorized the Nur-Saudi Voluntary Campaign in Nigeria in 2022.
“The campaign will be executed through King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center KSRelief and it will be executed in stages. The first stage had been executed which targeted combating blindness and its causes, in addition to a large number of open-heart and urology surgeries. In this regard, I would like to congratulate the parents of the Nigerian conjoined twins on the successful separation surgery. The surgery done will make it the 56th surgery performed by the Kingdom in separating conjoined twins from across the world,”.
The Saudi Arabian ambassador to Nigeria discussed bilateral ties between the two countries and stated that they had been continuously growing since 1961.
Approximately 200,000 Nigerians visited Saudi Arabia in 2022, 95,000 of them as pilgrims and more than 90,000 on other types of pilgrimages, according to Ambassador Alghamdi.
In the same period, the Kingdom had given 200 scholarships to Nigerian students both males and females while the trade volume between the Kingdom and Nigeria was more than $600 million.
The event was attended by government officials, heads of diplomatic missions and international organisations, notable businessmen and women groups.
Writing by Hamza Alkali; Editing by Jennifer Ogor and Daniel Adejo