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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 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
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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
    General news5 months ago

    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

  •  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
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    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.

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  •  All intending pilgrims still in Nigeria have been assured of being transported to Saudi Arabia for the 2022 Hajj operations Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON made this known on Wednesday in Makkah He said that Nigeria and other countries with transportation challenges had been granted an extension of 24 hours from the earlier two days given by the Saudi Arabia authorities It is our wish that no Nigerian intending pilgrim is left at home and we made several efforts to ensure this Luckily the Saudi authorities have further extended the date for closure of their airspace With this extension the remaining 5 000 pilgrims will be able to perform their Hajj Over 1 000 pilgrims are on their way today Wednesday This is out of the 42 000 that registered for the 2022 Hajj These two windows of extension of date of closure and engagement of chartered aircrafts will ensure that all pilgrims realize their dream of performing this religious act he said He explained that the earlier challenges were due to the cancellations and delays of flights caused by lack of preparedness of states According to Hassan these delays were the major reasons for the delay in the number of flights made out of Nigeria so far The NAHCON chairman urged journalists to display professionalism in their reportage of the 2022 Hajj operations He said adequate arrangements had been made to share the journalists into all tents at the Holy sites in order to give Nigerians enough information about all pilgrims On the drama between him and a state Hajj official before coming to Makkah Hassan described it as a justifiable act I understand with the Niger state pilgrims official who was concerned about his pilgrims that are still in Nigeria But like I explained to him I have a responsibility to the other large number of pilgrims already in Saudi Arabia just as those in Nigeria That was why I left behind the commissioners for Operations Head of Aviation Special Duties and others to continue Luckily the extension of airspace came as we arrived he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NAHCON chairman assures participation of pilgrims in Hajj 2022
     All intending pilgrims still in Nigeria have been assured of being transported to Saudi Arabia for the 2022 Hajj operations Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON made this known on Wednesday in Makkah He said that Nigeria and other countries with transportation challenges had been granted an extension of 24 hours from the earlier two days given by the Saudi Arabia authorities It is our wish that no Nigerian intending pilgrim is left at home and we made several efforts to ensure this Luckily the Saudi authorities have further extended the date for closure of their airspace With this extension the remaining 5 000 pilgrims will be able to perform their Hajj Over 1 000 pilgrims are on their way today Wednesday This is out of the 42 000 that registered for the 2022 Hajj These two windows of extension of date of closure and engagement of chartered aircrafts will ensure that all pilgrims realize their dream of performing this religious act he said He explained that the earlier challenges were due to the cancellations and delays of flights caused by lack of preparedness of states According to Hassan these delays were the major reasons for the delay in the number of flights made out of Nigeria so far The NAHCON chairman urged journalists to display professionalism in their reportage of the 2022 Hajj operations He said adequate arrangements had been made to share the journalists into all tents at the Holy sites in order to give Nigerians enough information about all pilgrims On the drama between him and a state Hajj official before coming to Makkah Hassan described it as a justifiable act I understand with the Niger state pilgrims official who was concerned about his pilgrims that are still in Nigeria But like I explained to him I have a responsibility to the other large number of pilgrims already in Saudi Arabia just as those in Nigeria That was why I left behind the commissioners for Operations Head of Aviation Special Duties and others to continue Luckily the extension of airspace came as we arrived he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NAHCON chairman assures participation of pilgrims in Hajj 2022
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    NAHCON chairman assures participation of pilgrims in Hajj 2022

    All intending pilgrims still in Nigeria have been assured of being transported to Saudi Arabia for the 2022 Hajj operations.

    Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan, Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) made this known on Wednesday in Makkah.

    He said that Nigeria and other countries with transportation challenges had been granted an extension of 24 hours from the earlier two days given by the Saudi Arabia authorities.

    “It is our wish that no Nigerian intending pilgrim is left at home and we made several efforts to ensure this. Luckily, the Saudi authorities have further extended the date for closure of their airspace.

    “With this extension, the remaining 5,000 pilgrims will be able to perform their Hajj. Over 1,000 pilgrims are on their way today (Wednesday). This is out of the 42,000 that registered for the 2022 Hajj.

    “These two windows; of extension of date of closure and engagement of chartered aircrafts, will ensure that all pilgrims realize their dream of performing this religious act,” he said.

    He explained that the earlier challenges were due to the cancellations and delays of flights caused by lack of preparedness of states.

    According to Hassan, these delays were the major reasons for the delay in the number of flights made out of Nigeria so far.

    The NAHCON chairman urged journalists to display professionalism in their reportage of the 2022 Hajj operations.

    He said adequate arrangements had been made to share the journalists into all tents at the Holy sites in order to give Nigerians enough information about all pilgrims.

    On the drama between him and a state Hajj official before coming to Makkah, Hassan described it as a justifiable act.

    “I understand with the Niger state pilgrims official who was concerned about his pilgrims that are still in Nigeria. But like I explained to him, I have a responsibility to the other large number of pilgrims already in Saudi Arabia just as those in Nigeria.

    “That was why I left behind the commissioners for Operations, Head of Aviation, Special Duties and others  to continue. Luckily, the extension of airspace came as we arrived,” he said.

     

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Nigerian pilgrims from Osun and Oyo States were welcomed with fresh roses by the owner of Amjad Al Salam Hotel on arrival into the city of Madinah on Monday The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the hotel owner Ahmed Musa ed personally welcomed the Nigerian pilgrims with a surprise gift of roses dates and water Musa ed said that the gesture is in appreciation of the good relationship between his hotel and the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON over the years It is not about money always I deeply appreciate the mutual relationship that has existed between my hotel and Nigerian pilgrims It is also a way of making the visitors of Allah comfortable This is the first time after two consecutive years that we are once again welcoming our esteem guests to Madinatul Munauwara We will continue to provide the best services that have been attracting the authority to patronise us over the years Hajiya Bilkisu Awah Head of Madinah Accommodation commended the management and staff of the hotel for the warm reception accorded the pilgrims adding that the surprise gesture was appreciated by the pilgrims We are elated with this surprise welcome by the management and staff of this hotel The relationship we have developed over the years has been yielding positive response NAHCON will continue to improve on the services provided to pilgrims she said In another development a total of 7 076 Nigerian pilgrims have arrived in Saudi Arabia for the 2022 Hajj operations from 10 states Bauchi Borno Kwara Lagos Nasarawa Ogun Osun Oyo Zamfara and the FCT The pilgrims were brought in 16 flights from the beginning of the Hajj operation on June 6 with the inaugural flight in Maiduguri Nigeria received a slot of over 4 000 for the 2022 Hajj operations among the over one million pilgrim slated to participate in the exercise NAHCON had said that all registered pilgrims for this year s Hajj would be moved to Saudi Arabia before closure of the Jeddah airport Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan Chairman of NAHCON in a statement by Fatima Usara Head of Public Affairs said the commission needed the cooperation of the state officials and pilgrims to realise this While praying for a successful Hajj for Nigerian pilgrims Hassan gave the assurance of always delivering proper services for the welfare of the pilgrims Alhaji Yusuf Abubakar Head of the NAHCON 2022 Hajj National Reception Team in Madinah told NAN that his team has been providing consular and medical assistance to pilgrim on arrival at the Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport Madinah He advised pilgrims to ensure that their passports are genuine and to adhere to the travel guidelines of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to avoid embarrassment to themselves and Nigeria All those with either medical or consular challenges are appropriately handled by relevant committees of NAHCON on arrival Our well trained staff effortlessly conducts their responsibilities to pilgrims And I am always around to work with them to give them moral support as well as show example So far no serious case has been recorded Though the flights are few now but we are prepared when the number of flights increased in the next few days he said Pilgrims are first taken to Madinah on the first leg of the performance of the Hajj rites in order to visit historical Islamic sites that have relationship with Prophet Muhammad Some of the sites pilgrims are expected to visit include the Prophet s Mosque the Quba Masjid Ijaba Mount Uhud and Baqi a NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Roses of appreciation for Nigerian pilgrims from hotel owner
     Nigerian pilgrims from Osun and Oyo States were welcomed with fresh roses by the owner of Amjad Al Salam Hotel on arrival into the city of Madinah on Monday The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the hotel owner Ahmed Musa ed personally welcomed the Nigerian pilgrims with a surprise gift of roses dates and water Musa ed said that the gesture is in appreciation of the good relationship between his hotel and the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON over the years It is not about money always I deeply appreciate the mutual relationship that has existed between my hotel and Nigerian pilgrims It is also a way of making the visitors of Allah comfortable This is the first time after two consecutive years that we are once again welcoming our esteem guests to Madinatul Munauwara We will continue to provide the best services that have been attracting the authority to patronise us over the years Hajiya Bilkisu Awah Head of Madinah Accommodation commended the management and staff of the hotel for the warm reception accorded the pilgrims adding that the surprise gesture was appreciated by the pilgrims We are elated with this surprise welcome by the management and staff of this hotel The relationship we have developed over the years has been yielding positive response NAHCON will continue to improve on the services provided to pilgrims she said In another development a total of 7 076 Nigerian pilgrims have arrived in Saudi Arabia for the 2022 Hajj operations from 10 states Bauchi Borno Kwara Lagos Nasarawa Ogun Osun Oyo Zamfara and the FCT The pilgrims were brought in 16 flights from the beginning of the Hajj operation on June 6 with the inaugural flight in Maiduguri Nigeria received a slot of over 4 000 for the 2022 Hajj operations among the over one million pilgrim slated to participate in the exercise NAHCON had said that all registered pilgrims for this year s Hajj would be moved to Saudi Arabia before closure of the Jeddah airport Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan Chairman of NAHCON in a statement by Fatima Usara Head of Public Affairs said the commission needed the cooperation of the state officials and pilgrims to realise this While praying for a successful Hajj for Nigerian pilgrims Hassan gave the assurance of always delivering proper services for the welfare of the pilgrims Alhaji Yusuf Abubakar Head of the NAHCON 2022 Hajj National Reception Team in Madinah told NAN that his team has been providing consular and medical assistance to pilgrim on arrival at the Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport Madinah He advised pilgrims to ensure that their passports are genuine and to adhere to the travel guidelines of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to avoid embarrassment to themselves and Nigeria All those with either medical or consular challenges are appropriately handled by relevant committees of NAHCON on arrival Our well trained staff effortlessly conducts their responsibilities to pilgrims And I am always around to work with them to give them moral support as well as show example So far no serious case has been recorded Though the flights are few now but we are prepared when the number of flights increased in the next few days he said Pilgrims are first taken to Madinah on the first leg of the performance of the Hajj rites in order to visit historical Islamic sites that have relationship with Prophet Muhammad Some of the sites pilgrims are expected to visit include the Prophet s Mosque the Quba Masjid Ijaba Mount Uhud and Baqi a NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Roses of appreciation for Nigerian pilgrims from hotel owner
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    Roses of appreciation for Nigerian pilgrims from hotel owner

    Nigerian pilgrims from Osun and Oyo States were welcomed with fresh roses by the owner of Amjad Al-Salam Hotel on arrival into the city of Madinah on Monday.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the hotel owner, Ahmed Musa’ed, personally welcomed the Nigerian pilgrims with a surprise gift of roses, dates and water.

    Musa’ed said that the gesture is in appreciation of the good relationship between his hotel and the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) over the years.

    ‘’It is not about money always. I deeply appreciate the mutual relationship that has existed between my hotel and Nigerian pilgrims. It is also a way of making the visitors of Allah comfortable.

    ‘’This is the first time after two consecutive years that we are once again welcoming our esteem guests to Madinatul Munauwara. We will continue to provide the best services that have been attracting the authority to patronise us over the years.

    Hajiya Bilkisu Awah, Head of Madinah Accommodation, commended the management and staff of the hotel for the warm reception accorded the pilgrims, adding that the surprise gesture was appreciated by the pilgrims.

    ‘’We are elated with this surprise welcome by the management and staff of this hotel. The relationship we have developed over the years has been yielding positive response. NAHCON will continue to improve on the services provided to pilgrims,’’ she said.

    In another development, a total of 7,076 Nigerian pilgrims have arrived in Saudi Arabia for the 2022 Hajj operations from 10 states; Bauchi, Borno, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Zamfara and the FCT.

    The pilgrims were brought in 16 flights from the beginning of the Hajj operation on June 6, with the inaugural flight in Maiduguri.

    Nigeria received a slot of over 4,000 for the 2022 Hajj operations among the over one million pilgrim slated to participate in the exercise.

    NAHCON had said that all registered pilgrims for this year’s Hajj would be moved to Saudi Arabia before closure of the Jeddah airport.

    Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan, Chairman of NAHCON, in a statement by Fatima Usara, Head of Public Affairs, said the commission needed the cooperation of the state officials and pilgrims to realise this.

    While praying for a successful Hajj for Nigerian pilgrims, Hassan gave the assurance of always delivering proper services for the welfare of the pilgrims.

    Alhaji Yusuf Abubakar, Head of the NAHCON 2022 Hajj National Reception Team in Madinah, told NAN that his team has been providing consular and medical assistance to pilgrim on arrival at the Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport, Madinah.

     He advised pilgrims to ensure that their passports are genuine and to adhere to the travel guidelines of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to avoid embarrassment to themselves and Nigeria.

    ‘’All those with either medical or consular challenges are appropriately handled by relevant committees of NAHCON on arrival.

    “Our well trained staff effortlessly conducts their responsibilities to pilgrims. And I am always around to work with them to give them moral support as well as show example.

    “So far, no serious case has been recorded. Though the flights are few now, but we are prepared when the number of flights increased in the next few days,” he said.

    Pilgrims are first taken to Madinah on the first leg of the performance of the Hajj rites in order to visit historical Islamic sites that have relationship with Prophet Muhammad.

    Some of the sites pilgrims are expected to visit include the Prophet’s Mosque, the Quba, Masjid Ijaba, Mount Uhud, and Baqi’a. (

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON on Monday in Abuja dispatched its first advance team to Saudi Arabia preparatory to the 2022 Hajj The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NAHCON Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan made this known in a statement by the Head Public Affairs Division of the commission Mrs Fatima Usara He said the departure of the advance team signaled the commencement of the 2022 hajj operation adding the take off of intending Nigerian pilgrims would soon commence Hassan at a brief ceremony held at the International Wing of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja enjoined members of the advance team to set the pace for a successful exercise He reminded staff of the commission that this is the time to put into practice all the trainings they received on the best ways of handling pilgrims affairs He said their major responsibility is to go over all the agreements signed with service providers to ensure that the details are fully implemented He ordered them to station themselves on ground for a hitch free arrival of pilgrims and to treat them with utmost respect as guests of the Almighty Hassan instructed heads of the different committees to pay familiarisation visits to the office of the Adillah company in Madinah and introduce themselves as NAHCON s representatives This is to enable the Adillah identify who to contact when necessary Those on the advance team include medical personnel house managers feeding staff Makkah and Madinah reception team members Hassan prayed for the safe journey of the advance team and the success of the 2022 Hajj exercise Meanwhile all intending pilgrims who completed their Hajj 2022 payments through the Hajj Savings Scheme were advised to visit the State Pilgrims Welfare Boards which they selected at the time of enrollment for necessary preparations They are to carry along their international passports COVID 19 vaccine certificates and yellow cards for those already inoculated Similarly intending pilgrims are to note that the announced Hajj fare of maximum of N2 496 815 29 is inclusive of their 800 dollars Basic Travel Allowance BTA NAN
    2022 Hajj: NAHCON dispatches advance team to Saudi Arabia
     The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON on Monday in Abuja dispatched its first advance team to Saudi Arabia preparatory to the 2022 Hajj The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NAHCON Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan made this known in a statement by the Head Public Affairs Division of the commission Mrs Fatima Usara He said the departure of the advance team signaled the commencement of the 2022 hajj operation adding the take off of intending Nigerian pilgrims would soon commence Hassan at a brief ceremony held at the International Wing of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja enjoined members of the advance team to set the pace for a successful exercise He reminded staff of the commission that this is the time to put into practice all the trainings they received on the best ways of handling pilgrims affairs He said their major responsibility is to go over all the agreements signed with service providers to ensure that the details are fully implemented He ordered them to station themselves on ground for a hitch free arrival of pilgrims and to treat them with utmost respect as guests of the Almighty Hassan instructed heads of the different committees to pay familiarisation visits to the office of the Adillah company in Madinah and introduce themselves as NAHCON s representatives This is to enable the Adillah identify who to contact when necessary Those on the advance team include medical personnel house managers feeding staff Makkah and Madinah reception team members Hassan prayed for the safe journey of the advance team and the success of the 2022 Hajj exercise Meanwhile all intending pilgrims who completed their Hajj 2022 payments through the Hajj Savings Scheme were advised to visit the State Pilgrims Welfare Boards which they selected at the time of enrollment for necessary preparations They are to carry along their international passports COVID 19 vaccine certificates and yellow cards for those already inoculated Similarly intending pilgrims are to note that the announced Hajj fare of maximum of N2 496 815 29 is inclusive of their 800 dollars Basic Travel Allowance BTA NAN
    2022 Hajj: NAHCON dispatches advance team to Saudi Arabia
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    2022 Hajj: NAHCON dispatches advance team to Saudi Arabia

    The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), on Monday, in Abuja, dispatched its first advance team to Saudi Arabia, preparatory to the 2022 Hajj.

    The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NAHCON, Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan, made this known in a statement by the Head, Public Affairs Division of the commission, Mrs Fatima Usara.

    He said the departure of the advance team signaled the commencement of the 2022 hajj operation, adding the take off of intending Nigerian pilgrims would soon commence.

    Hassan, at a brief ceremony held at the International Wing of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, enjoined members of the advance team to set the pace for a successful exercise.

    He reminded staff of the commission that this is the time to put into practice all the trainings they received on the best ways of handling pilgrims’ affairs.

    He said their major responsibility is to go over all the agreements signed with service providers to ensure that the details are fully implemented.

    He ordered them to station themselves on ground for a hitch-free arrival of pilgrims and to treat them with utmost respect as guests of the Almighty.

    Hassan instructed heads of the different committees to pay familiarisation visits to the office of the Adillah company in Madinah and introduce themselves as NAHCON’s representatives.

    “This is to enable the Adillah identify who to contact when necessary.”

    Those on the advance team include medical personnel, house managers, feeding staff, Makkah and Madinah reception team members.

    Hassan prayed for the safe journey of the advance team and the success of the 2022 Hajj exercise.

    Meanwhile, all intending pilgrims who completed their Hajj 2022 payments, through the Hajj Savings Scheme, were advised to visit the State Pilgrims’ Welfare Boards which they selected at the time of enrollment for necessary preparations.

    They are to carry along their international passports, COVID-19 vaccine certificates and yellow cards for those already inoculated.

    Similarly, intending pilgrims are to note that the announced Hajj fare of maximum of N2,496,815.29 is inclusive of their 800 dollars Basic Travel Allowance (BTA).

    (NAN)

  •  Intending pilgrims to the 2022 Hajj departing from the southern part of Nigeria will pay N2 496 815 29 while those departing from the northern part of Nigeria will pay N2 449 607 89 Those departing from Adamawa and Borno will pay N2 408 197 89 because of their proximity to Saudi Arabia Intending pilgrims will also get their COVID 19 PCR test done at a discounted rate of N30 000 The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON announced the costs on Saturday in Abuja and said cost of air fare is responsible for the different prices to be paid Its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan said in a statement that the Commission had requested for an increase in the number of pilgrims from Nigeria and was awaiting response from Saudi Arabia He enjoined pilgrims welfare commissions at the states level to continue to work on the number of pilgrims allocated to them rather than wait for increased allocation He stated that while visas for officials and pilgrims in the inaugural flight were ready states should start visa processing for all categories of registered pilgrims Hassan stated also that the Nigeria Immigration Service had promised to assist states having problems in processing travel passports for pilgrims NAHCON urged states to conclude funds remittances speedily to fast track preparations and for the processing of Basic Travel Allowances for the pilgrims NAN
    Hajj pilgrims to pay lesser than N2.5m
     Intending pilgrims to the 2022 Hajj departing from the southern part of Nigeria will pay N2 496 815 29 while those departing from the northern part of Nigeria will pay N2 449 607 89 Those departing from Adamawa and Borno will pay N2 408 197 89 because of their proximity to Saudi Arabia Intending pilgrims will also get their COVID 19 PCR test done at a discounted rate of N30 000 The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON announced the costs on Saturday in Abuja and said cost of air fare is responsible for the different prices to be paid Its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan said in a statement that the Commission had requested for an increase in the number of pilgrims from Nigeria and was awaiting response from Saudi Arabia He enjoined pilgrims welfare commissions at the states level to continue to work on the number of pilgrims allocated to them rather than wait for increased allocation He stated that while visas for officials and pilgrims in the inaugural flight were ready states should start visa processing for all categories of registered pilgrims Hassan stated also that the Nigeria Immigration Service had promised to assist states having problems in processing travel passports for pilgrims NAHCON urged states to conclude funds remittances speedily to fast track preparations and for the processing of Basic Travel Allowances for the pilgrims NAN
    Hajj pilgrims to pay lesser than N2.5m
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    Hajj pilgrims to pay lesser than N2.5m

    Intending pilgrims to the 2022 Hajj departing from the southern part of Nigeria will pay N2,496,815.29, while those departing from the northern part of Nigeria will pay N2,449, 607.89.

    Those departing from Adamawa and Borno will pay N2,408,197.89 because of their proximity to Saudi Arabia.

    Intending pilgrims will also get their COVID-19 PCR test done at a discounted rate of N30,000.

    The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) announced the costs on Saturday in Abuja and said cost of air fare is responsible for the different prices to be paid.

    Its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan, said in a statement that the Commission had requested for an increase in the number of pilgrims from Nigeria and was awaiting response from Saudi Arabia.

    He enjoined pilgrims’ welfare commissions at the states level to continue to work on the number of pilgrims allocated to them rather than wait for increased allocation.

    He stated that while visas for officials and pilgrims in the inaugural flight were ready, states should start visa processing for all categories of registered pilgrims.

    Hassan stated also that the Nigeria Immigration Service had promised to assist states having problems in processing travel passports for pilgrims.

    NAHCON urged states to conclude funds remittances speedily to fast-track preparations and for the processing of Basic Travel Allowances for the pilgrims.

    (NAN)

  •  The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON on Friday in Abuja disclosed that it had concluded arrangements to commence the transportation of 2022 intending pilgrims to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on June 9 The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NAHCON Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan made the disclosure at the signing of an agreement between the commission and three airlines approved to transport Nigerian pilgrims to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Hassan announced that the three air carriers that were approved by the Federal Government through the commission were the Azman Air Max Air and Flynas Saudi Arabia designated air line He urged the airlines to give quality service in line with the standard known in the aviation industry and treat all pilgrims as very important personalities Hassan also revealed that by Monday June 6 the advance team of the commission would be proceeding to the city of Madina and Makkah According to him by the projection of the commission on June 9 the 2022 Hajj inaugural flight of Nigeria will head to Madina For us today is indeed historic because is the beginning of the hajj operation of 2022 It is clear to all of us that without flight there can be no Hajj for people living outside the kingdom of Saudi Arabia Intending pilgrims must get to Saudi Arabia before they can perform hajj For that reason flight is key and very important Permit me to use this opportunity to congratulate the successful air carriers all of whom have been with the commission struggle since 2022 We also hope that those air carriers who didn t succeed this year will have a better time some other time he said Earlier the NAHCON Commissioner of Operations Alhaji Abdullahi Hardawa described the event as epoch after almost three years without Hajj He congratulated the successful carriers while urging them to see their selection as a challenge to do their best The commission disclosed that the commission had created an aviation monitoring committee saddled with the responsibility of monitoring their performances The News Agency of Nigeria reports that seven airlines Max Air FlyNas Azman Air Med View Airline Skypower Express Westlink Airlines and Arik Air applied for screening After rigorous exercise those selected ranked the best three whose names were forwarded to the presidency for approval before sealing the contract agreement States allocated to specific airlines are as follows Max Air is to airlift pilgrims from 13 states namely Adamawa Bauchi Benue Borno Gombe Jigawa Katsina Kogi Kwara Nasarawa Niger Plateau and Taraba While Azman Air is entrusted with the transportation of pilgrims from 16 states and the Armed Forces The states are Kano Abia Akwa Ibom Anambra Bayelsa Cross River Delta Ebonyi Ekiti Enugu Imo Kaduna Ogun Ondo Rivers and Yobe Meanwhile FlyNas would airlift pilgrims from Edo FCT Abuja Lagos Osun Oyo Sokoto Kebbi and Zamfara making eight states Editted by AbdulFatai AbdulAziz NAN
    NAHCON approves 3 airlines for pilgrims transportation from June 9
     The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON on Friday in Abuja disclosed that it had concluded arrangements to commence the transportation of 2022 intending pilgrims to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on June 9 The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NAHCON Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan made the disclosure at the signing of an agreement between the commission and three airlines approved to transport Nigerian pilgrims to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Hassan announced that the three air carriers that were approved by the Federal Government through the commission were the Azman Air Max Air and Flynas Saudi Arabia designated air line He urged the airlines to give quality service in line with the standard known in the aviation industry and treat all pilgrims as very important personalities Hassan also revealed that by Monday June 6 the advance team of the commission would be proceeding to the city of Madina and Makkah According to him by the projection of the commission on June 9 the 2022 Hajj inaugural flight of Nigeria will head to Madina For us today is indeed historic because is the beginning of the hajj operation of 2022 It is clear to all of us that without flight there can be no Hajj for people living outside the kingdom of Saudi Arabia Intending pilgrims must get to Saudi Arabia before they can perform hajj For that reason flight is key and very important Permit me to use this opportunity to congratulate the successful air carriers all of whom have been with the commission struggle since 2022 We also hope that those air carriers who didn t succeed this year will have a better time some other time he said Earlier the NAHCON Commissioner of Operations Alhaji Abdullahi Hardawa described the event as epoch after almost three years without Hajj He congratulated the successful carriers while urging them to see their selection as a challenge to do their best The commission disclosed that the commission had created an aviation monitoring committee saddled with the responsibility of monitoring their performances The News Agency of Nigeria reports that seven airlines Max Air FlyNas Azman Air Med View Airline Skypower Express Westlink Airlines and Arik Air applied for screening After rigorous exercise those selected ranked the best three whose names were forwarded to the presidency for approval before sealing the contract agreement States allocated to specific airlines are as follows Max Air is to airlift pilgrims from 13 states namely Adamawa Bauchi Benue Borno Gombe Jigawa Katsina Kogi Kwara Nasarawa Niger Plateau and Taraba While Azman Air is entrusted with the transportation of pilgrims from 16 states and the Armed Forces The states are Kano Abia Akwa Ibom Anambra Bayelsa Cross River Delta Ebonyi Ekiti Enugu Imo Kaduna Ogun Ondo Rivers and Yobe Meanwhile FlyNas would airlift pilgrims from Edo FCT Abuja Lagos Osun Oyo Sokoto Kebbi and Zamfara making eight states Editted by AbdulFatai AbdulAziz NAN
    NAHCON approves 3 airlines for pilgrims transportation from June 9
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    NAHCON approves 3 airlines for pilgrims transportation from June 9

    The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) on Friday in Abuja disclosed that it had concluded arrangements to commence the transportation of 2022 intending pilgrims to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on June 9.

     

    The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NAHCON, Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan, made the disclosure at the signing of an agreement between the commission and three airlines approved to transport Nigerian pilgrims to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

     

    Hassan announced that the three air carriers that were approved by the Federal Government through the commission were the Azman Air, Max Air and Flynas (Saudi Arabia designated air line).

     

    He urged the airlines to give quality service in line with the standard known in the aviation industry and treat all pilgrims as very important personalities.

     

    Hassan also revealed that by Monday, June 6, the advance team of the commission would be proceeding to the city of Madina and Makkah.

     

    According to him, by the projection of the commission on June 9, the 2022 Hajj inaugural flight of Nigeria will head to Madina.

     

    ” For us today is indeed historic because is the beginning of the hajj operation of 2022. It is clear to all of us that without flight there can be no Hajj for people living outside the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

     

    ” Intending pilgrims must get to Saudi Arabia before they can perform hajj. For that reason flight is key and very important.

     

    ” Permit me to use this opportunity to congratulate the successful air carriers all of whom have been with the commission struggle since 2022.

     

    ” We also hope that those air carriers who didn’t succeed this year will have a better time some other time,” he said.

     

    Earlier, the NAHCON Commissioner of Operations, Alhaji Abdullahi Hardawa, described the event as epoch after almost three years without Hajj.

     

    He congratulated the successful carriers while urging them to see their selection as a challenge to do their best.

     

    The commission disclosed that the commission had created an aviation monitoring committee saddled with the responsibility of monitoring their performances.

     

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that seven airlines; Max Air, FlyNas, Azman Air, Med-View Airline, Skypower Express, Westlink Airlines and Arik Air, applied for screening.

     

    After rigorous exercise, those selected ranked the best three whose names were forwarded to the presidency for approval before sealing the contract agreement.

     

    States allocated to specific airlines are as follows: Max Air is to airlift pilgrims from 13 states namely-Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Katsina, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau and Taraba.

     

    While Azman Air is entrusted with the transportation of pilgrims from 16 states and the Armed Forces.

     

    The states are Kano, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Enugu, Imo, Kaduna, Ogun, Ondo, Rivers, and Yobe.

     

    Meanwhile, FlyNas would airlift pilgrims from Edo, FCT- Abuja, Lagos, Osun, Oyo, Sokoto, Kebbi, and Zamfara- making eight states.

    Editted by AbdulFatai AbdulAziz

    (NAN)

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