NAHCON announces nation’s Hajj slots exhausted


File: Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Alhaji Zikrullahi Kunle Hassan, second right, being presented a "Media Strategy" handout by President of the Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN), Alhaji AbdulRahman Balogun, third left. With them from Left are: Publisher of The DEFENDER, Prince Bashir Adefaka, Lagos State Chairman, MMPN, Alhaji Garba, Vanguard 's Alhaji Haroun Ishola Balogun, during a reception in honour of the NAHCON chairman and Chief of Staff to the Governor of Ogun State, Alhaji Afolabi Salis, at the Lagos State House of Assembly Mosque, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos on Sunday March 8, 2020.

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The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has announced that the Hajj quota allocated to country by authorities of Saudi Arabia has been completely exhausted long before now.

Assistant Director, Public Affairs, NAHCON, Fatima Sanda Usara, made this announcement in a statement wherein she was informing State Pilgrims’ Welfare Boards/Agencies/Commissions, Licensed Tour Operators, and the public, and copy of which she sent to The DEFENDER on Thursday.

“It is hoped that all Hajj managers had utilized their allocations based on first come, first served arrangement as agreed from the onset of operations.

“The Commission however assures that if Saudi Arabia honours its request for additional slots, NAHCON shall willingly distribute same to all stakeholders demanding for additional allocations without hesitation.

“In the meantime, NAHCON urges all states’ pilgrims’ boards and private operators to concentrate more on getting their pilgrims ready for their timely conveyance to Saudi Arabia. The need to move all registered pilgrims to the Kingdom safely before closure of Saudi airspace is presently NAHCON’s most important concern.

“Similarly, the Commission assures Licensed Tour Operators that initial drawbacks experienced due to unforeseen developments in the new operational system has been successfully settled therefore, they are expected to commence printing of their pilgrims’ travel documents without delay.

“Likewise, registered pilgrims are advised to comply with their managers’ instructions accordingly in order to conclude 2022 Hajj outbound operation without hitches,” she said.

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