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  •  The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON has reiterated readiness to refund Hajj fares of the 2022 Hajj pilgrims who were unable to perform the pilgrimage The Assistant Director Public Affairs Unit of NAHCON Mrs Fatima Usara gave the assurance in a statement on Friday in Abuja Usara explained that the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the NAHCON Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan had never minced words on the Commission s readiness to refund pilgrims of 2022 Hajj who requested for it Likewise in response to several inquiries NAHCON staff had on many platforms assured of the commission s preparedness to make refunds as soon as reconciliation is concluded Reconciliation follows a bureaucratic process and I believe one would agree that it is better to get it right In 2019 Hajj return journey ended on September 12 refunds were made 82 days later in December Also Hajj 2017 ended on October 2 out of the sum of N820 283 965 N181 million was paid to states pilgrims and their officials that could not travel for the pilgrimage in two batches First batch to 11 states in December 2017 over 60 days after Hajj while 13 pilgrims boards and agencies received theirs in February 2018 after reconciliation four months later The later was made about 140 days after Hajj She emphasised that NAHCON does not keep pilgrims money in an account the commission controls adding that all Hajj fare components are distributed to the rightful hajj operators at due time from the commission s Central Bank CBN account Vis vis to State Pilgrims Welfare Boards air carriers and Pilgrims Establishment in Saudi Arabia famously called Mu assasa Mu assasa is also answerable to the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah After Hajj the actual number of persons that performed the pilgrimage is confirmed subsequently same operatives now each return funds of those who could not participate in the exercise into NAHCON s CBN account There may be refunds for services poorly rendered too which the commission receives from service providers through Mu assasa After all the components are returned from the various operatives the states pilgrims boards that are ready follow up with their records for reconciliation and re collection of the total amount The boards are then charged with the responsibility of disbursing the funds to the owners Of course there is always room for improvement and the commission is not unmindful of that she said Usara disclosed that NAHCON had completely refunded Kano State Hajj Savings Scheme pilgrims by Oct 11 because the State Pilgrims Welfare Board had since reconciled its HSS books She also said that the first batch of Kano refund was made on September 9 2022 33 days after completion of Hajj Other state pilgrims welfare boards that have concluded their HSS reconciliation and are about to receive the refunds are Jigawa Katsina Federal Capital Territory Bauchi Kogi Lagos and Plateau states She said that NAHCON has not turned back any states that was ready for reconciliation adding that the commission believes the states are not sitting idle either some of them have indeed gone far in the reconciliation process Usara advise any advocacy group that was interested in protecting the welfare of pilgrims to consider following the right channels in comprehending any misconceptions it has about the Commission The News Agency of Nigeria reports that about 3 000 pilgrims missed the 2022 Hajj NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NAHCON reiterates readiness to refund 2022 Hajj pilgrims
     The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON has reiterated readiness to refund Hajj fares of the 2022 Hajj pilgrims who were unable to perform the pilgrimage The Assistant Director Public Affairs Unit of NAHCON Mrs Fatima Usara gave the assurance in a statement on Friday in Abuja Usara explained that the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the NAHCON Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan had never minced words on the Commission s readiness to refund pilgrims of 2022 Hajj who requested for it Likewise in response to several inquiries NAHCON staff had on many platforms assured of the commission s preparedness to make refunds as soon as reconciliation is concluded Reconciliation follows a bureaucratic process and I believe one would agree that it is better to get it right In 2019 Hajj return journey ended on September 12 refunds were made 82 days later in December Also Hajj 2017 ended on October 2 out of the sum of N820 283 965 N181 million was paid to states pilgrims and their officials that could not travel for the pilgrimage in two batches First batch to 11 states in December 2017 over 60 days after Hajj while 13 pilgrims boards and agencies received theirs in February 2018 after reconciliation four months later The later was made about 140 days after Hajj She emphasised that NAHCON does not keep pilgrims money in an account the commission controls adding that all Hajj fare components are distributed to the rightful hajj operators at due time from the commission s Central Bank CBN account Vis vis to State Pilgrims Welfare Boards air carriers and Pilgrims Establishment in Saudi Arabia famously called Mu assasa Mu assasa is also answerable to the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah After Hajj the actual number of persons that performed the pilgrimage is confirmed subsequently same operatives now each return funds of those who could not participate in the exercise into NAHCON s CBN account There may be refunds for services poorly rendered too which the commission receives from service providers through Mu assasa After all the components are returned from the various operatives the states pilgrims boards that are ready follow up with their records for reconciliation and re collection of the total amount The boards are then charged with the responsibility of disbursing the funds to the owners Of course there is always room for improvement and the commission is not unmindful of that she said Usara disclosed that NAHCON had completely refunded Kano State Hajj Savings Scheme pilgrims by Oct 11 because the State Pilgrims Welfare Board had since reconciled its HSS books She also said that the first batch of Kano refund was made on September 9 2022 33 days after completion of Hajj Other state pilgrims welfare boards that have concluded their HSS reconciliation and are about to receive the refunds are Jigawa Katsina Federal Capital Territory Bauchi Kogi Lagos and Plateau states She said that NAHCON has not turned back any states that was ready for reconciliation adding that the commission believes the states are not sitting idle either some of them have indeed gone far in the reconciliation process Usara advise any advocacy group that was interested in protecting the welfare of pilgrims to consider following the right channels in comprehending any misconceptions it has about the Commission The News Agency of Nigeria reports that about 3 000 pilgrims missed the 2022 Hajj NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NAHCON reiterates readiness to refund 2022 Hajj pilgrims
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    NAHCON reiterates readiness to refund 2022 Hajj pilgrims

    The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has reiterated readiness to refund Hajj fares of the 2022 Hajj pilgrims who were unable to perform the pilgrimage.

    The Assistant Director, Public Affairs Unit of NAHCON, Mrs Fatima Usara, gave the assurance in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

    Usara explained that the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the NAHCON, Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan, had never minced words on the Commission’s readiness to refund pilgrims of 2022 Hajj who requested for it.

    ” Likewise, in response to several inquiries, NAHCON staff had on many platforms assured of the commission’s preparedness to make refunds as soon as reconciliation is concluded.

    ” Reconciliation follows a bureaucratic process, and I believe one would agree that it is better to get it right.

    In 2019, Hajj return journey ended on September 12, refunds were made 82 days later, in December.

    ” Also Hajj 2017 ended on October 2, out of the sum of N820,283,965, N181 million was paid to states’ pilgrims and their officials that could not travel for the pilgrimage in two batches.

    ” First batch to 11 states in December 2017 (over 60 days after Hajj), while 13 pilgrims’ boards and agencies received theirs in February 2018 after reconciliation, four months later.

    The later was made about 140 days after Hajj.” She emphasised that NAHCON does not keep pilgrims’ money in an account the commission controls, adding that all Hajj fare components are distributed to the rightful hajj operators at due time from the commission’s Central Bank (CBN) account.

    ” Vis-à-vis to State Pilgrims’ Welfare Boards, air carriers, and Pilgrims Establishment in Saudi Arabia famously called Mu’assasa.

    Mu’assasa is also answerable to the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.

    ” After Hajj, the actual number of persons that performed the pilgrimage is confirmed, subsequently same operatives now each return funds of those who could not participate in the exercise into NAHCON’s CBN account.

    ” There may be refunds for services poorly rendered too which the commission receives from service providers through Mu’assasa.

    ” After all the components are returned from the various operatives, the states pilgrims boards that are ready follow up with their records for reconciliation and re-collection of the total amount.

    The boards are then charged with the responsibility of disbursing the funds to the owners.

    ” Of course, there is always room for improvement and the commission is not unmindful of that,” she said.

    Usara disclosed that NAHCON had completely refunded Kano State Hajj Savings Scheme pilgrims by Oct. 11, because the State Pilgrims Welfare Board had since reconciled its HSS books.

    She also said that the first batch of Kano refund was made on September 9, 2022, 33 days after completion of Hajj. “Other state pilgrims’ welfare boards that have concluded their HSS reconciliation and are about to receive the refunds are Jigawa, Katsina, Federal Capital Territory, Bauchi, Kogi, Lagos, and Plateau states.

    She said that NAHCON has not turned back any states that was ready for reconciliation, adding that the commission believes the states are not sitting idle either, some of them have indeed gone far in the reconciliation process.

    Usara advise any advocacy group that was interested in protecting the welfare of pilgrims to consider following the right channels in comprehending any misconceptions it has about the Commission.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that about 3,000 pilgrims missed the 2022 Hajj.
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Yobe State Pilgrims Commission on Thursday said it transported 15 808 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia between 2013 and 2022 The commission s outgoing chairman Alhaji Bukar Kime said this in Damaturu while handling over to the new chairman Alhaji Mai Usman Biriri The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Gov Mai Mala Buni had on Sept 23 2022 appointed Biriri as the new chairman of the commission Kime noted that under his stewardship the National Hajj Commission NAHCON awarded Yobe the 2022 best performing state in terms of qualitative services to pilgrims He commended the staff of the commission for their commitments to duty which he said paved way for the award Kime thanked Buni for giving him the opportunity to serve the commission diligently In his remarks Biriri wished Kime success in his future endeavours and promised to continue the good work he started He solicited the maximum co operation of the staff adding that he would operate an open door policy The chairman however cautioned the staff against gossiping saying gossiping erodes trust and ignites conflict NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Yobe transports 15,809 pilgrims in 10 years –— Commission
     The Yobe State Pilgrims Commission on Thursday said it transported 15 808 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia between 2013 and 2022 The commission s outgoing chairman Alhaji Bukar Kime said this in Damaturu while handling over to the new chairman Alhaji Mai Usman Biriri The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Gov Mai Mala Buni had on Sept 23 2022 appointed Biriri as the new chairman of the commission Kime noted that under his stewardship the National Hajj Commission NAHCON awarded Yobe the 2022 best performing state in terms of qualitative services to pilgrims He commended the staff of the commission for their commitments to duty which he said paved way for the award Kime thanked Buni for giving him the opportunity to serve the commission diligently In his remarks Biriri wished Kime success in his future endeavours and promised to continue the good work he started He solicited the maximum co operation of the staff adding that he would operate an open door policy The chairman however cautioned the staff against gossiping saying gossiping erodes trust and ignites conflict NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Yobe transports 15,809 pilgrims in 10 years –— Commission
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    Yobe transports 15,809 pilgrims in 10 years –— Commission

    The Yobe State Pilgrims Commission on Thursday said it transported 15, 808 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia between 2013 and 2022. The commission’s outgoing chairman, Alhaji Bukar Kime, said this in Damaturu while handling over to the new chairman, Alhaji Mai-Usman Biriri.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Gov. Mai Mala Buni had, on Sept. 23,2022, appointed Biriri as the new chairman of the commission.

    Kime noted that under his stewardship, the National Hajj Commission (NAHCON) awarded Yobe  the 2022 best performing state in terms of  qualitative services to pilgrims.

    He commended the staff of the commission for their commitments to duty, which  he said paved  way for the award.

    Kime thanked Buni for giving him the opportunity to serve the commission diligently.

    In his remarks, Biriri wished Kime success in his future endeavours and promised to continue the good work he started.

    He solicited the maximum co-operation of the staff, adding that he would operate an open- door policy.

    The chairman, however, cautioned the staff against gossiping, saying gossiping erodes trust and ignites conflict.


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  •  The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON says pilgrims enjoyed 410 reduction in accommodation fare in this year s Hajj operation among other services The Chairman of the commission Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan gave the score card during an interactive session with newsmen on Sunday in Lagos We were able to reduce the cost of accommodation in Makkah from 930 to 520 per pilgrim during this year s Hajj operation We were also able to reduce the number of days pilgrims spent in Saudi Arabia Hassan said in the first interaction he ever held with top media gatekeepers in the Lagos axis since his assumption of office in 2020 Other achievements recorded by the commission according to him included pegging Hajj fare to barest minimum recording low mortality rate and achieving 95 per cent travel despite challenges associated with the post COVID operation According to him the commission was able to arrange the return journey of all pilgrims earlier than scheduled in spite of the fact that it had less than one month to prepare for the entire exercise Normally preparation for Hajj operations should take a minimum of six months but we had less than one month to prepare for this year s Hajj which came with many challenges said the chairman He however identified lack of a national carrier for transporting pilgrims to and from Saudi Arabia as a major challenge the commission is grappling with among others Hassan assured that the commission has started preparation for the 2023 Hajj in earnest in order to overcome some of the challenges faced this year We met with all officials of Hajj operators during Hajj 2022 for discussion on areas of service delivery to pilgrims We agreed to work collectively and to improve service delivery to pilgrims by setting standards for operation Preparation has already started on due diligence for the appointment of Air Carriers for the Hajj 2023 operation The chairman also unfolded a plan to fine tune the operations of the Hajj Saving Scheme HSS in order to assist intending pilgrims to save enough money to fulfil their desire for the spiritual journey He said that countries like Malaysia and Indonesia have operated similar schemes for many years and have enough returns on investment to significantly subsidise Hajj fare The scheme has afforded those countries to have enough funds in their kitty to quickly arrange for any emergent situation like Hajj 2022 Hassan noted that with the HSS NAHCON too would be in an advantageous position to negotiate services like airlift accommodation and feeding among others to be provided to pilgrims He also hinted that the commission is making consultations on the amendment of some sections of the NAHCON Act to enhance its operations and smoothen the HSS NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Hajj 2022: Pilgrims enjoyed 0 accommodation rebate, others – NAHCON
     The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON says pilgrims enjoyed 410 reduction in accommodation fare in this year s Hajj operation among other services The Chairman of the commission Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan gave the score card during an interactive session with newsmen on Sunday in Lagos We were able to reduce the cost of accommodation in Makkah from 930 to 520 per pilgrim during this year s Hajj operation We were also able to reduce the number of days pilgrims spent in Saudi Arabia Hassan said in the first interaction he ever held with top media gatekeepers in the Lagos axis since his assumption of office in 2020 Other achievements recorded by the commission according to him included pegging Hajj fare to barest minimum recording low mortality rate and achieving 95 per cent travel despite challenges associated with the post COVID operation According to him the commission was able to arrange the return journey of all pilgrims earlier than scheduled in spite of the fact that it had less than one month to prepare for the entire exercise Normally preparation for Hajj operations should take a minimum of six months but we had less than one month to prepare for this year s Hajj which came with many challenges said the chairman He however identified lack of a national carrier for transporting pilgrims to and from Saudi Arabia as a major challenge the commission is grappling with among others Hassan assured that the commission has started preparation for the 2023 Hajj in earnest in order to overcome some of the challenges faced this year We met with all officials of Hajj operators during Hajj 2022 for discussion on areas of service delivery to pilgrims We agreed to work collectively and to improve service delivery to pilgrims by setting standards for operation Preparation has already started on due diligence for the appointment of Air Carriers for the Hajj 2023 operation The chairman also unfolded a plan to fine tune the operations of the Hajj Saving Scheme HSS in order to assist intending pilgrims to save enough money to fulfil their desire for the spiritual journey He said that countries like Malaysia and Indonesia have operated similar schemes for many years and have enough returns on investment to significantly subsidise Hajj fare The scheme has afforded those countries to have enough funds in their kitty to quickly arrange for any emergent situation like Hajj 2022 Hassan noted that with the HSS NAHCON too would be in an advantageous position to negotiate services like airlift accommodation and feeding among others to be provided to pilgrims He also hinted that the commission is making consultations on the amendment of some sections of the NAHCON Act to enhance its operations and smoothen the HSS NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Hajj 2022: Pilgrims enjoyed 0 accommodation rebate, others – NAHCON
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    Hajj 2022: Pilgrims enjoyed $410 accommodation rebate, others – NAHCON

    The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) says pilgrims enjoyed $410 reduction in accommodation fare in this year’s Hajj operation, among other services.

    The Chairman of the commission, Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan, gave the score card during an interactive session with newsmen on Sunday in Lagos.

    “We were able to reduce the cost of accommodation in Makkah from $930 to $520 per pilgrim during this year’s Hajj operation.

    “We were also able to reduce the number of days pilgrims spent in Saudi Arabia,’’ Hassan said in the first interaction he ever held with top media gatekeepers in the Lagos axis since his assumption of office in 2020. Other achievements recorded by the commission, according to him, included pegging Hajj fare to barest minimum, recording low mortality rate and achieving 95 per cent travel despite challenges associated with the post-COVID operation.

    According to him, the commission was able to arrange the return journey of all pilgrims “earlier than scheduled” in spite of the fact that it had less than one month to prepare for the entire exercise.

    “Normally, preparation for Hajj operations should take a minimum of six months, but we had less than one month to prepare for this year’s Hajj, which came with many challenges,” said the chairman.

    He however identified lack of a national carrier for transporting pilgrims to and from Saudi Arabia as a major challenge the commission is grappling with, among others.

    Hassan assured that the commission has started preparation for the 2023 Hajj in earnest in order to overcome some of the challenges faced this year.

    “We met with all officials of Hajj operators during Hajj 2022 for discussion on areas of service delivery to pilgrims.

    “We agreed to work collectively and to improve service delivery to pilgrims by setting standards for operation.

    “Preparation has already started on due diligence for the appointment of Air Carriers for the Hajj 2023 operation.

    ’’ The chairman also unfolded a plan to fine-tune the operations of the Hajj Saving Scheme (HSS) in order to assist intending pilgrims to save enough money to fulfil their desire for the spiritual journey.

    He said that countries like Malaysia and Indonesia have operated similar schemes for many years and have enough returns on investment to significantly subsidise Hajj fare.

    The scheme has afforded those countries to “have enough funds in their kitty to quickly arrange for any emergent situation like Hajj 2022’’.

    Hassan noted that with the HSS, NAHCON too would be in an advantageous position to negotiate services like airlift, accommodation and feeding, among others, to be provided to pilgrims.

    He also hinted that the commission “is making consultations on the amendment of some sections of the NAHCON Act” to enhance its operations and smoothen the HSS.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON says it has commenced preparations for the 2023 Hajj toward a successful Holy Pilgrimage The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer NAHCON Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan said this at the Independent Hajj Reporters 2022 Hajj held at National Mosque Auditorium on Thursday in Abuja Represented by Dr Ibrahim Sodangi the Director of Administration and Human Resources NAHCON Hassan said that the preparations started at the end of the 2022 Hajj even before departure from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia He said that the commission held preparatory meeting with accommodation providers in order to secure befitting accommodation for the 2023 pilgrims The NAHCON boss said that the commission plans to organise an international conference with resource persons from different parts of the world to further brainstorm toward successful Hajj According to him the conference will avail the commission the opportunity to brainstorm and learn from Hajj veterans from across the world There is no all encompassing formula for successful hajj operation This is reason why we all must put our heads together and proffer suggestions on how to move Hajj industry to greater heights Saudi Arabia that plays hosts to global Hajj contingents is constantly striving to improve Hajj through innovations and reviews of policies that allow it to adjust to current realities That is why the holy city is constantly hosting technological conference scientific explorations conference on Hajj paper presentations on Hajj administration and performance he said Hassan who commended the independent Hajj reporters for organising the 2022 Hajj Awards with the theme Heroes of 2022 Hajj congratulated them for successfully hosting the event According to him NAHCON encourages productive gatherings that will boast knowledge enhance smooth Hajj operation in Nigeria Earlier the National Coordinator Independent Hajj Reporters Mr Ibrahim Muhammed appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari and state governors to ensure that people with pre requisite experience capacity and integrity were appointed to head Hajj organisations According to him Hajj operation is an international event attended by 165 countries and whatever image the country present is viewed with diplomatic lens He said that the essence of establishing States Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards and NAHCON was about the welfare of Nigerian pilgrims Muhammed who assured that Hajj reporters would continue to be pilgrim centric in their activities expressed concern over the gradual shifting of centre of discussion from the very vital fulcrum of Hajj operation We are here today to recognize those who surmounted the unprecedented challenges of 2022 Hajj and rendered excellent services to our dear pilgrims This is not a celebration of Hajj services rather it is to show appreciation to those who excelled in spite of the daunting operational challenge witnessed in 2022 Hajj Independent Hajj reporters selection criteria for this year s awardees were not entirely based on the conduct of 2022 hajj alone rather it included a timeline of how states Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards executives handled Hajj activities during COVID 19 The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the highpoint of the event was presentation of awards of Best in welfare of pilgrims to Nasarawa State The award of best in Hajj Camp to Bauchi state excellent coordination goes to Ogun state and most disciplined state pilgrim board award goes to Niger State among others SSI NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NAHCON begins preparations for 2023 Hajj
     The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON says it has commenced preparations for the 2023 Hajj toward a successful Holy Pilgrimage The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer NAHCON Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan said this at the Independent Hajj Reporters 2022 Hajj held at National Mosque Auditorium on Thursday in Abuja Represented by Dr Ibrahim Sodangi the Director of Administration and Human Resources NAHCON Hassan said that the preparations started at the end of the 2022 Hajj even before departure from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia He said that the commission held preparatory meeting with accommodation providers in order to secure befitting accommodation for the 2023 pilgrims The NAHCON boss said that the commission plans to organise an international conference with resource persons from different parts of the world to further brainstorm toward successful Hajj According to him the conference will avail the commission the opportunity to brainstorm and learn from Hajj veterans from across the world There is no all encompassing formula for successful hajj operation This is reason why we all must put our heads together and proffer suggestions on how to move Hajj industry to greater heights Saudi Arabia that plays hosts to global Hajj contingents is constantly striving to improve Hajj through innovations and reviews of policies that allow it to adjust to current realities That is why the holy city is constantly hosting technological conference scientific explorations conference on Hajj paper presentations on Hajj administration and performance he said Hassan who commended the independent Hajj reporters for organising the 2022 Hajj Awards with the theme Heroes of 2022 Hajj congratulated them for successfully hosting the event According to him NAHCON encourages productive gatherings that will boast knowledge enhance smooth Hajj operation in Nigeria Earlier the National Coordinator Independent Hajj Reporters Mr Ibrahim Muhammed appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari and state governors to ensure that people with pre requisite experience capacity and integrity were appointed to head Hajj organisations According to him Hajj operation is an international event attended by 165 countries and whatever image the country present is viewed with diplomatic lens He said that the essence of establishing States Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards and NAHCON was about the welfare of Nigerian pilgrims Muhammed who assured that Hajj reporters would continue to be pilgrim centric in their activities expressed concern over the gradual shifting of centre of discussion from the very vital fulcrum of Hajj operation We are here today to recognize those who surmounted the unprecedented challenges of 2022 Hajj and rendered excellent services to our dear pilgrims This is not a celebration of Hajj services rather it is to show appreciation to those who excelled in spite of the daunting operational challenge witnessed in 2022 Hajj Independent Hajj reporters selection criteria for this year s awardees were not entirely based on the conduct of 2022 hajj alone rather it included a timeline of how states Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards executives handled Hajj activities during COVID 19 The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the highpoint of the event was presentation of awards of Best in welfare of pilgrims to Nasarawa State The award of best in Hajj Camp to Bauchi state excellent coordination goes to Ogun state and most disciplined state pilgrim board award goes to Niger State among others SSI NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NAHCON begins preparations for 2023 Hajj
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    NAHCON begins preparations for 2023 Hajj

    The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) says it has commenced preparations for the 2023 Hajj, toward a successful Holy Pilgrimage.

    The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, NAHCON, Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan, said this at the Independent Hajj Reporters’ 2022 Hajj held at National Mosque Auditorium on Thursday in Abuja.

    Represented by Dr Ibrahim Sodangi, the Director of Administration and Human Resources, NAHCON, Hassan said that the preparations started at the end of the 2022 Hajj, even before departure from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

    He said that the commission held preparatory meeting with accommodation providers in order to secure befitting accommodation for the 2023 pilgrims.

    The NAHCON boss said that the commission plans to organise an international conference with resource persons from different parts of the world to further brainstorm toward successful Hajj. According to him, the conference will avail the commission the opportunity to brainstorm and learn from Hajj veterans from across the world.

    “There is no all-encompassing formula for successful hajj operation.

    This is reason why we all must put our heads together and proffer suggestions on how to move Hajj industry to greater heights.

    “Saudi Arabia that plays hosts to global Hajj contingents is constantly striving to improve Hajj through innovations and reviews of policies that allow it to adjust to current realities.

    “That is why the holy city is constantly hosting technological conference, scientific explorations, conference on Hajj, paper presentations on Hajj administration and performance,” he said.

    Hassan, who commended the independent Hajj reporters for organising the 2022 Hajj Awards with the theme,” Heroes of 2022 Hajj, congratulated them for successfully hosting the event.

    According to him, NAHCON encourages productive gatherings that will boast knowledge enhance smooth Hajj operation in Nigeria.

    Earlier, the National Coordinator, Independent Hajj Reporters, Mr Ibrahim Muhammed, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari and state governors to ensure that people with pre-requisite experience, capacity and integrity were appointed to head Hajj organisations.

    According to him, Hajj operation is an international event attended by 165 countries and whatever image the country present is viewed with diplomatic lens.

    He said that the essence of establishing States Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards and NAHCON was about the welfare of Nigerian pilgrims.

    Muhammed, who assured that Hajj reporters would continue to be pilgrim-centric in their activities, expressed concern over the gradual shifting of centre of discussion from the very vital fulcrum of Hajj operation.

    “We are here today to recognize those who surmounted the unprecedented challenges of 2022 Hajj and rendered excellent services to our dear pilgrims.

    “This is not a celebration of Hajj services, rather, it is to show appreciation to those who excelled in spite of the daunting operational challenge witnessed in 2022 Hajj. “Independent Hajj reporters selection criteria for this year’s awardees were not entirely based on the conduct of 2022 hajj alone, rather it included a timeline of how states Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards executives handled Hajj activities during COVID-19. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the highpoint of the event was presentation of awards of Best in welfare of pilgrims to Nasarawa State.

    The award of best in Hajj Camp to Bauchi state, excellent coordination goes to Ogun state and most disciplined state pilgrim board award goes to Niger State among others.

    SSI
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  One of the carriers for the 2022 Hajj operation Max Air says it will begin outbound transportation of pilgrims from Saudi Arabia to Nigeria on Saturday A statement by the airline s spokesperson Mr Ibrahim Dahiru said on Thursday in Abuja that pilgrims from Borno would be the first to be transported back home Max Air wish to assure all 16 000 pilgrims it transported to the Holy Land for this year s Hajj of its commitment to return all of them within the shortest possible time The Airline wish to inform the pilgrims that it s adding another Boeing 747 400 to its fleet for the smooth evacuation of all the pilgrims back home he added The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON allocated 16 000 pilgrims from 13 states to Max Air for the 2022 Hajj operation The states are Borno Adamawa Bauchi Gombe Taraba Kogi Niger Kwara Jigawa Katsina Benue Plateau and Nasarawa NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Max Airline begins transportation of 16,000 pilgrims to Nigeria Saturday
     One of the carriers for the 2022 Hajj operation Max Air says it will begin outbound transportation of pilgrims from Saudi Arabia to Nigeria on Saturday A statement by the airline s spokesperson Mr Ibrahim Dahiru said on Thursday in Abuja that pilgrims from Borno would be the first to be transported back home Max Air wish to assure all 16 000 pilgrims it transported to the Holy Land for this year s Hajj of its commitment to return all of them within the shortest possible time The Airline wish to inform the pilgrims that it s adding another Boeing 747 400 to its fleet for the smooth evacuation of all the pilgrims back home he added The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON allocated 16 000 pilgrims from 13 states to Max Air for the 2022 Hajj operation The states are Borno Adamawa Bauchi Gombe Taraba Kogi Niger Kwara Jigawa Katsina Benue Plateau and Nasarawa NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Max Airline begins transportation of 16,000 pilgrims to Nigeria Saturday
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    Max Airline begins transportation of 16,000 pilgrims to Nigeria Saturday

    One of the carriers for the 2022 Hajj operation, Max Air, says it will begin outbound transportation of pilgrims from Saudi Arabia to Nigeria on Saturday.A statement by the airline’s spokesperson, Mr Ibrahim Dahiru, said on Thursday in Abuja that pilgrims from Borno would be the first to be transported back home.“Max Air wish to assure all 16,000 pilgrims it transported to the Holy Land for this year’s Hajj of its commitment to return all of them within the shortest possible time.“The Airline wish to inform the pilgrims that it’s adding another Boeing 747–400 to its fleet for the smooth evacuation of all the pilgrims back home,” he added.The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) allocated 16,000 pilgrims from 13 states to Max Air for the 2022  Hajj operation.The states are Borno, Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Taraba, Kogi, Niger, Kwara, Jigawa, Katsina, Benue, Plateau and Nasarawa.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON has said that it has started preparations for a successful 2023 Hajj operations to improve on the various lapses noticed this year Alhaji Zikrillah Hassan NAHCON Chairman disclosed this on Thursday at the annual Post Arafat Stakeholders Meeting to assess the performance of operation of the 2022 Hajj He said that the lapses brought to the notice of the commission by pilgrims during his visit to their tents in Mina on Sunday would be addressed adding that service providers had already been contacted on the issue Like we keep explaining the 2022 Hajj is an emergency one and since Hajj is a call by Allah only those called will make it The commission however was at its best to ensure the comfort of all pilgrims Some of the lapses noticed by pilgrims are being discussed with the concerned private tour operators and state pilgrims welfare boards Some of the lapses are not in the purview of the commission Overall we will continue to work with all stakeholders to ensure that the welfare of pilgrims are given priority by the Saudi Arabia authorities private tour operators and various state pilgrims welfare boards he said He said that the pilgrims return journey back home would begin by Friday on a first to come first to go basis adding that the commission has planned a smooth flight arrangement The NAHCON boss also said that the issue of non repayment of some private tour operators for monies paid for pilgrims that could not make it had been sorted out with the various Saudi Arabia companies We got a commitment from them that the money was still with them and the refund was delayed because of some disparities in account names account number Actually a substantial part of the refund has been made and we are assured the rest would be paid soon he said Sen Adamu Bulkachuwa chairman Senate committee on Foreign Affairs expressed satisfaction with attitude of the pilgrims during the exercise adding that they proved themselves worthy of the call of Allah In spite of the various challenges encountered during this Hajj operations the pilgrims exhibited a sense of discipline and this is very commendable for the country he said Mr Abubakar Nalaraba chairman House committee of Hajj gave the assurance that all grievances by the pilgrims would be closely attended to with a view to improving their Hajj experience The house committee will ensure necessary legislation continue to be put in place for the overall improvement of the Hajj experience for Nigerians who are able to make the spiritual journey he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that presentation were made by the various heads of committees inaugurated for the running of the 2022 Hajj operations The committees include the medical team accommodation team reception team as well as the monitoring team NewsSourceCredit NAN
    We’ve started making plans for 2023 Hajj- NAHCON
     The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON has said that it has started preparations for a successful 2023 Hajj operations to improve on the various lapses noticed this year Alhaji Zikrillah Hassan NAHCON Chairman disclosed this on Thursday at the annual Post Arafat Stakeholders Meeting to assess the performance of operation of the 2022 Hajj He said that the lapses brought to the notice of the commission by pilgrims during his visit to their tents in Mina on Sunday would be addressed adding that service providers had already been contacted on the issue Like we keep explaining the 2022 Hajj is an emergency one and since Hajj is a call by Allah only those called will make it The commission however was at its best to ensure the comfort of all pilgrims Some of the lapses noticed by pilgrims are being discussed with the concerned private tour operators and state pilgrims welfare boards Some of the lapses are not in the purview of the commission Overall we will continue to work with all stakeholders to ensure that the welfare of pilgrims are given priority by the Saudi Arabia authorities private tour operators and various state pilgrims welfare boards he said He said that the pilgrims return journey back home would begin by Friday on a first to come first to go basis adding that the commission has planned a smooth flight arrangement The NAHCON boss also said that the issue of non repayment of some private tour operators for monies paid for pilgrims that could not make it had been sorted out with the various Saudi Arabia companies We got a commitment from them that the money was still with them and the refund was delayed because of some disparities in account names account number Actually a substantial part of the refund has been made and we are assured the rest would be paid soon he said Sen Adamu Bulkachuwa chairman Senate committee on Foreign Affairs expressed satisfaction with attitude of the pilgrims during the exercise adding that they proved themselves worthy of the call of Allah In spite of the various challenges encountered during this Hajj operations the pilgrims exhibited a sense of discipline and this is very commendable for the country he said Mr Abubakar Nalaraba chairman House committee of Hajj gave the assurance that all grievances by the pilgrims would be closely attended to with a view to improving their Hajj experience The house committee will ensure necessary legislation continue to be put in place for the overall improvement of the Hajj experience for Nigerians who are able to make the spiritual journey he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that presentation were made by the various heads of committees inaugurated for the running of the 2022 Hajj operations The committees include the medical team accommodation team reception team as well as the monitoring team NewsSourceCredit NAN
    We’ve started making plans for 2023 Hajj- NAHCON
    Foreign5 months ago

    We’ve started making plans for 2023 Hajj- NAHCON

    The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has said that it has started preparations for a successful 2023 Hajj operations to improve on the various lapses noticed this year.Alhaji Zikrillah Hassan, NAHCON Chairman, disclosed this on Thursday at the annual Post Arafat Stakeholders Meeting to assess the performance of operation of the 2022 Hajj.He said that the lapses brought to the notice of the commission by pilgrims during his visit to their tents in Mina on Sunday would be addressed, adding that service providers had already been contacted on the issue.“Like we keep explaining, the 2022 Hajj is an emergency one and since Hajj is a call by Allah only those called will make it. The commission, however, was at its best to ensure the comfort of all pilgrims.“Some of the lapses noticed by pilgrims are being discussed with the concerned private tour operators and state pilgrims welfare boards. Some of the lapses are not in the purview of the commission.“Overall, we will continue to work with all stakeholders to ensure that the welfare of pilgrims are given priority by the Saudi Arabia authorities, private tour operators and various state pilgrims welfare boards,” he said.He said that the pilgrims return journey back home would begin by Friday on a first to come first to go basis, adding that the commission has planned a smooth flight arrangement.The NAHCON boss also said that the issue of non repayment of some private tour operators for monies paid for pilgrims that could not make it had been sorted out with the various Saudi Arabia companies.“We got a commitment from them that the money was still with them and the refund was delayed because of some disparities in account names account number. Actually, a substantial part of the refund has been made and we are assured the rest would be paid soon,” he said.Sen. Adamu Bulkachuwa, chairman Senate committee on Foreign Affairs, expressed satisfaction with attitude of the pilgrims during the exercise, adding that they proved themselves worthy of the call of Allah.“In spite of the various challenges encountered during this Hajj operations, the pilgrims exhibited a sense of discipline and this is very commendable for the country,” he said.Mr Abubakar Nalaraba, chairman House committee of Hajj, gave the assurance that all grievances by the pilgrims would be closely attended to with a view to improving their Hajj experience.“The house committee will ensure necessary legislation continue to be put in place for the overall improvement of the Hajj experience for Nigerians who are able to make the spiritual journey,” he said.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that presentation were made by the various heads of committees inaugurated for the running of the 2022 Hajj operations.The committees include the medical team, accommodation team, reception team as well as the monitoring team. (

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  •   Hajj 2022 Heading home after spiritual exercise Hajj 2022 Pilgrims heading home after spiritual exercise A news analysis by Ismail Abdulaziz News Agency of Nigeria The 2022 Hajj exercise has finally come to its climax with pilgrims completing the major religious rites of staying at Mina for four days staying a day at Arafat and a night at Muzdalifa in fulfilment of the tenets of Islam and practice of the revered Prophet Muhammed The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON has started making arrangements to transport pilgrims back home to reduce the weariness and for pilgrims to implement the spiritual uplift required of them after the Hajj to show that their endeavour during the exercise has been accepted by Allah As part of these preparations the Chairman of the commission Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan visited pilgrims in their camps at Mina this is a Holy site where every pilgrims across the globe must spend at least two days after Arafat before proceeding to Makkah for the final rites of the Hajj The visit by the chairman was also used as an opportunity for both the Senate Chairman on Foreign Affairs Sen Adamu Bulkachuwa and the Nigerian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Yahaya Lawal to meet pilgrims and get first feedback on the Hajj exercise in its totality and how it affected the pilgrims The visit is a standard practice carried out by NAHCON to get the feelings observations and criticisms of pilgrims about the conduct of the whole Hajj exercise for that year This visit involved pilgrim s narrating their experiences from the services they received from preparation for the Hajj departure to Saudi Arabia as well as what transpired during the Hajj exercise Top on the lists of recommendations by pilgrims for this year s Hajj was the need to have an improved feeding arrangement that will have appropriate time for serving food having local food as well as the quality of the feeding The NAHCON chairman enlightened the pilgrims of the new arrangement that allowed only Saudi Arabia accr NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Hajj 2022: Heading home after spiritual exercise
      Hajj 2022 Heading home after spiritual exercise Hajj 2022 Pilgrims heading home after spiritual exercise A news analysis by Ismail Abdulaziz News Agency of Nigeria The 2022 Hajj exercise has finally come to its climax with pilgrims completing the major religious rites of staying at Mina for four days staying a day at Arafat and a night at Muzdalifa in fulfilment of the tenets of Islam and practice of the revered Prophet Muhammed The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON has started making arrangements to transport pilgrims back home to reduce the weariness and for pilgrims to implement the spiritual uplift required of them after the Hajj to show that their endeavour during the exercise has been accepted by Allah As part of these preparations the Chairman of the commission Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan visited pilgrims in their camps at Mina this is a Holy site where every pilgrims across the globe must spend at least two days after Arafat before proceeding to Makkah for the final rites of the Hajj The visit by the chairman was also used as an opportunity for both the Senate Chairman on Foreign Affairs Sen Adamu Bulkachuwa and the Nigerian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Yahaya Lawal to meet pilgrims and get first feedback on the Hajj exercise in its totality and how it affected the pilgrims The visit is a standard practice carried out by NAHCON to get the feelings observations and criticisms of pilgrims about the conduct of the whole Hajj exercise for that year This visit involved pilgrim s narrating their experiences from the services they received from preparation for the Hajj departure to Saudi Arabia as well as what transpired during the Hajj exercise Top on the lists of recommendations by pilgrims for this year s Hajj was the need to have an improved feeding arrangement that will have appropriate time for serving food having local food as well as the quality of the feeding The NAHCON chairman enlightened the pilgrims of the new arrangement that allowed only Saudi Arabia accr NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Hajj 2022: Heading home after spiritual exercise
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    Hajj 2022: Heading home after spiritual exercise

    Hajj 2022: Heading home after spiritual exercise

    Hajj 2022: Pilgrims heading home after spiritual exercise

    A news analysis by Ismail Abdulaziz, News Agency of Nigeria

    The 2022 Hajj exercise has finally come to its climax with pilgrims completing the major religious rites of staying at Mina for four days, staying a day at Arafat and a night at Muzdalifa in fulfilment of the tenets of Islam and practice of the revered Prophet Muhammed.

    The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has started making arrangements to transport pilgrims back home to reduce the weariness and for pilgrims to implement the spiritual uplift required of them after the Hajj to show that their endeavour during the exercise has been accepted by Allah.

    As part of these preparations, the Chairman of the commission, Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan, visited pilgrims in their camps at Mina; this is a Holy site, where every pilgrims across the globe must spend at least two days after Arafat before proceeding to Makkah for the final rites of the Hajj.

    The visit by the chairman was also used as an opportunity for both the Senate Chairman on Foreign Affairs, Sen. Adamu Bulkachuwa and the Nigerian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Yahaya Lawal, to meet pilgrims and get first feedback on the Hajj exercise in its totality and how it affected the pilgrims.

    The visit is a standard practice carried out by NAHCON to get the feelings, observations and criticisms of pilgrims about the conduct of the whole Hajj exercise for that year. This visit involved pilgrim’s narrating their experiences from the services they received from preparation for the Hajj, departure to Saudi Arabia as well as what transpired during the Hajj exercise.

    Top on the lists of recommendations by pilgrims for this year’s Hajj was the need to have an improved feeding arrangement that will have appropriate time for serving food, having local food as well as the quality of the feeding.

    The NAHCON chairman enlightened the pilgrims of the new arrangement that allowed only Saudi Arabia accr

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  •  The Association for Hajj And Umrah Operators of Nigeria AHUON has urged the Federal Government to urgently review the 2022 Hajj operations The National President of the Association Alhaji Nasidi Sulaiman made the call during a news conference on Friday in Kano Suleiman said that no fewer than 700 intending pilgrims who were supposed to travel to the Holy land for the 2022 pilgrimage were stranded in Kano Abuja and Lagos We appeal to the Federal Government of Nigeria to as a matter of urgency set up a powerful and genuine panel to review this year s Hajj activity from scratch What happened is really pathetic in the history of Hajj Operation in the country with the aim of restoring sanity into the future operations Out of our 55 companies 2 750 intending pilgrims deposited N1 2 million each to the NAHCON account Therefore we call on NAHCON to immediately start remitting the entire amount which is over N3 billion for onward disbursement to our clients he said SuIaiman also said that the review would restore sanity in future Hajj operations in the country The association urged the National Assembly to set up a committee to consider amending the NAHCON Act 2006 so that all stakeholders especially Tour Operators will have important role to play in the system We hereby appeal to intending pilgrims that suffered avoidable stress and trauma due to the situation to accept our deep regrets and apologies NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Hajj, Umrah operators urge FG to review 2022 Hajj operations
     The Association for Hajj And Umrah Operators of Nigeria AHUON has urged the Federal Government to urgently review the 2022 Hajj operations The National President of the Association Alhaji Nasidi Sulaiman made the call during a news conference on Friday in Kano Suleiman said that no fewer than 700 intending pilgrims who were supposed to travel to the Holy land for the 2022 pilgrimage were stranded in Kano Abuja and Lagos We appeal to the Federal Government of Nigeria to as a matter of urgency set up a powerful and genuine panel to review this year s Hajj activity from scratch What happened is really pathetic in the history of Hajj Operation in the country with the aim of restoring sanity into the future operations Out of our 55 companies 2 750 intending pilgrims deposited N1 2 million each to the NAHCON account Therefore we call on NAHCON to immediately start remitting the entire amount which is over N3 billion for onward disbursement to our clients he said SuIaiman also said that the review would restore sanity in future Hajj operations in the country The association urged the National Assembly to set up a committee to consider amending the NAHCON Act 2006 so that all stakeholders especially Tour Operators will have important role to play in the system We hereby appeal to intending pilgrims that suffered avoidable stress and trauma due to the situation to accept our deep regrets and apologies NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Hajj, Umrah operators urge FG to review 2022 Hajj operations
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    Hajj, Umrah operators urge FG to review 2022 Hajj operations

    The Association for Hajj And Umrah Operators of Nigeria (AHUON) has urged the Federal Government to urgently review the 2022 Hajj operations.

    The National President of the Association, Alhaji Nasidi Sulaiman, made the call during a news conference on Friday in Kano.

    Suleiman said that no fewer than  700  intending pilgrims who were supposed to travel to the Holy land for the 2022 pilgrimage were stranded in Kano, Abuja and Lagos.

    “We appeal to the Federal Government of Nigeria to as a matter of urgency set up a powerful and genuine panel to review this year’s Hajj activity from scratch.

    “What happened is really pathetic in the history of Hajj Operation in the country, with the aim of restoring sanity into the future operations.

    “Out of our 55 companies, 2,750 intending pilgrims deposited N1.2 million each to the NAHCON account.

    “Therefore, we call on NAHCON to immediately start remitting the entire amount which is over N3 billion for onward disbursement to our clients,” he said.

    SuIaiman also said that the review would restore sanity in future Hajj operations in the country.

    The association urged the National Assembly to set up a committee to consider amending the NAHCON Act 2006 “so that all stakeholders, especially Tour Operators, will have important role to play in the system.”

    “We hereby appeal to intending pilgrims that suffered avoidable stress and trauma due to the situation to accept our deep regrets and apologies.”

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  A National Prayer was held on Friday for the progress development and peaceful co existence of Nigeria The prayer was led by prominent Islamic scholars with the management of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON in attendance Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan NAHCON Chairman had earlier called for a national rebirth to make Nigeria attain its full potentials in the comity of nations He called for prayers for a successful 2023 elections where only leaders that can change the fortunes of Nigeria will emerge We need serious prayers to keep our nation as one to curb the current insecurity and improve the standard of living of all citizens Nigeria will Insha Allah be great in all aspects with fervent prayers by citizens We are using this period of Arafat which is a special day to pray for the success of our country in all ramifications he said Hassan said that it was still with deep sense of appreciation that about 90 per cent of intending pilgrims were able to perform Hajj this year He said that NAHCON would continue to improve on its services in spite of the emergency nature of the 2022 Hajj operations The News Agency of Nigeria reports that national prayers centred on the insecurity poverty political leadership youth unemployment as well as all the ills bedevilling the country The Islamic scholars prayed in the three national languages of Hausa Yoruba and Igbo as well as in Fulfulde and Nupe NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NAHCON holds national prayer for Nigeria
     A National Prayer was held on Friday for the progress development and peaceful co existence of Nigeria The prayer was led by prominent Islamic scholars with the management of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON in attendance Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan NAHCON Chairman had earlier called for a national rebirth to make Nigeria attain its full potentials in the comity of nations He called for prayers for a successful 2023 elections where only leaders that can change the fortunes of Nigeria will emerge We need serious prayers to keep our nation as one to curb the current insecurity and improve the standard of living of all citizens Nigeria will Insha Allah be great in all aspects with fervent prayers by citizens We are using this period of Arafat which is a special day to pray for the success of our country in all ramifications he said Hassan said that it was still with deep sense of appreciation that about 90 per cent of intending pilgrims were able to perform Hajj this year He said that NAHCON would continue to improve on its services in spite of the emergency nature of the 2022 Hajj operations The News Agency of Nigeria reports that national prayers centred on the insecurity poverty political leadership youth unemployment as well as all the ills bedevilling the country The Islamic scholars prayed in the three national languages of Hausa Yoruba and Igbo as well as in Fulfulde and Nupe NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NAHCON holds national prayer for Nigeria
    Foreign5 months ago

    NAHCON holds national prayer for Nigeria

    A National Prayer was held on Friday for the progress, development and peaceful co-existence of Nigeria.

    The prayer was led by prominent Islamic scholars with the management of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) in attendance.

    Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan, NAHCON Chairman, had  earlier called for a national rebirth to make Nigeria attain its full potentials in the comity of nations.

    He called for prayers for a successful 2023 elections where only leaders that can change the fortunes of Nigeria will emerge.

    “We need serious prayers to keep our nation as one, to curb the current insecurity and improve the standard of living of all citizens.

    “Nigeria will Insha Allah be great in all aspects with fervent prayers by citizens. We are using this period of Arafat, which is a special day, to pray for the success of our country in all ramifications,” he said.

    Hassan said that it was still with deep sense of appreciation that about 90 per cent of intending pilgrims were able to perform Hajj this year.

    He said that NAHCON would continue to improve on its services in spite of the emergency nature of the 2022 Hajj operations.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that national prayers centred on the insecurity, poverty, political leadership, youth unemployment as well as all the ills bedevilling the country.

    The Islamic scholars prayed in the three national languages of Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo as well as in Fulfulde and Nupe.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON on Friday expressed regrets over its inability to transport 1 500 intending pilgrims for the 2022 Hajj This is contained in a statement issued by the commission s Assistant Director Public Affairs Division Mrs Fatima Usara on Friday in Abuja She said that the intending pilgrims were nine from Bauchi 91 from Plateau and 700 from Kano State Usara also stated that the commission was saddened over it inability to transport an estimated 750 intending pilgrims from the Private Tour Operators sector She said that the commission acknowledged that it owed an unreserved regrets to the intending pilgrims for the 2022 Hajj for the hardships and disappointments experienced during outbound airlift operations to the holy land According to her the commission offers similar apologies to the Federal Government State Pilgrims Welfare Boards Private Tour Operators and the public for any embarrassment the situation might have caused Sadly in spite of all efforts to transport all Nigerian intending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia for the 2022 Hajj NAHCON was incapacitated in discharging this responsibility Majorly due to last minute setbacks that frustrated its plan to conclude transportation of pilgrims by June 27 Unfortunately the chartered flights option that gave so much hope to NAHCON and the Private Tour Operators leadership also became a failure as their IBAN accounts failed accreditation by the respective authorities in Saudi Arabia she said Usara said that the numbers of affected pilgrims would not make it to Saudi Arabia before closure of Jeddah airport hence they are sadly bound to miss this year s Hajj She assured that all affected pilgrims would get refunded of their Hajj fares adding that the commission would work towards improving its deficiencies ahead of 2023 Hajj operation NAHCON has learnt a lot of lessons and is determined not to have a repeat of the unfortunate situation Management knows that no number of apologies can pay for the disappointments some Muslim faithful are currently experiencing as a result NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Hajj 2022: NAHCON regrets inability to transport 1,550 intending pilgrims
     The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON on Friday expressed regrets over its inability to transport 1 500 intending pilgrims for the 2022 Hajj This is contained in a statement issued by the commission s Assistant Director Public Affairs Division Mrs Fatima Usara on Friday in Abuja She said that the intending pilgrims were nine from Bauchi 91 from Plateau and 700 from Kano State Usara also stated that the commission was saddened over it inability to transport an estimated 750 intending pilgrims from the Private Tour Operators sector She said that the commission acknowledged that it owed an unreserved regrets to the intending pilgrims for the 2022 Hajj for the hardships and disappointments experienced during outbound airlift operations to the holy land According to her the commission offers similar apologies to the Federal Government State Pilgrims Welfare Boards Private Tour Operators and the public for any embarrassment the situation might have caused Sadly in spite of all efforts to transport all Nigerian intending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia for the 2022 Hajj NAHCON was incapacitated in discharging this responsibility Majorly due to last minute setbacks that frustrated its plan to conclude transportation of pilgrims by June 27 Unfortunately the chartered flights option that gave so much hope to NAHCON and the Private Tour Operators leadership also became a failure as their IBAN accounts failed accreditation by the respective authorities in Saudi Arabia she said Usara said that the numbers of affected pilgrims would not make it to Saudi Arabia before closure of Jeddah airport hence they are sadly bound to miss this year s Hajj She assured that all affected pilgrims would get refunded of their Hajj fares adding that the commission would work towards improving its deficiencies ahead of 2023 Hajj operation NAHCON has learnt a lot of lessons and is determined not to have a repeat of the unfortunate situation Management knows that no number of apologies can pay for the disappointments some Muslim faithful are currently experiencing as a result NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Hajj 2022: NAHCON regrets inability to transport 1,550 intending pilgrims
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    Hajj 2022: NAHCON regrets inability to transport 1,550 intending pilgrims

    The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) on Friday expressed regrets over its inability to transport 1,500 intending pilgrims for the 2022 Hajj.

    This is contained in a statement issued by the commission’s Assistant Director, Public Affairs Division, Mrs
    Fatima Usara, on Friday in Abuja.

    She said that the intending pilgrims were nine from Bauchi, 91 from Plateau and 700 from Kano State.

    Usara also stated that the commission was saddened over it inability to transport an estimated 750 intending pilgrims from the Private Tour Operators sector.

    She said that the commission acknowledged that it owed an unreserved regrets to the intending pilgrims for the 2022 Hajj for the hardships and disappointments experienced during outbound airlift operations to the holy land.

    According to her, the commission offers similar apologies to the Federal Government, State Pilgrims’ Welfare Boards, Private Tour Operators, and the public for any embarrassment the situation might have caused.

    “Sadly, in spite of all efforts to transport all Nigerian intending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia for the 2022 Hajj, NAHCON was incapacitated in discharging this responsibility.

    “Majorly due to last minute setbacks that frustrated its plan to conclude transportation of pilgrims by June 27.

    “Unfortunately, the chartered flights option that gave so much hope to NAHCON and the Private Tour Operators’ leadership also became a failure as their IBAN accounts failed accreditation by the respective authorities in Saudi Arabia,’’ she said.

    Usara said that the numbers of affected pilgrims would not make it to Saudi Arabia before closure of Jeddah airport; hence they are sadly bound to miss this year’s Hajj.

    She assured that all affected pilgrims would get refunded of their Hajj fares, adding that the commission would work towards improving its deficiencies ahead of 2023 Hajj operation.

    “NAHCON has learnt a lot of lessons and is determined not to have a repeat of the unfortunate situation.

    “Management knows that no number of apologies can pay for the disappointments some Muslim faithful are currently experiencing as a result.”

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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