Gives licence, hajj slots to 115 Tour operators
Commends Kogi on good preparation
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, has released the approved 2019 Licenced Tour Operators with the corresponding number of slots allocated to each. This followed a two-day hearing and verification of claims by the NAHCON committee set up for Consideration of Appeals by Appellant Companies for 2019 Hajj.
A total of 115 out of 147 companies that applied for the licence have so far been approved to participate in this year’s Umrah and Hajj exercises. The applications were submitted online.
Meanwhile, the Commission said that it was yet to conclude the hajj fare for 2019 and has not authorised any state Muslim Pilgrims Board to announce any hajj fare for the forthcoming rites in Saudi Arabia.
The Commission in a statement sent to Vanguard stated that the indices that determine final hajj fare were yet to be fully determined by the Commission, in collaboration with State Pilgrims’ bureaus and other stakeholders.
“NAHCON wishes to draw the attention of Nigeria’s 2019 intending pilgrims in particular and the general public that the Commission has not authorised any state Muslim Pilgrims’ Board to announce hajj fare for 2019. The indices that determine final fare for hajj are yet to be determined by the Commission, state pilgrims’ bureaus and other stakeholders.
“However, registration of pilgrims in Nigeria had commenced in November of 2018. The registration requires a tentative deposit of N1.5m (one million, five hundred thousand naira), in bank draft, with any of the certified state Muslim Pilgrims’ boards, agencies or commissions. This deposit can be done fully or by instalments and a copy of the draft should be presented to the respective state boards. Intending pilgrims are warned not to pay cash to any agent or board member as payment is strictly through the banks.
NAHCON also commended the Kogi State Hajj Commission, KSHC, for its proper management of general matters pertaining to 2019 Hajj preparations.
In a statement signed by Head, Public Affairs Division of the Commission, Hajia Fatima Sanda Usara, said KSHC was also the first to renew its licence with the Commission as well as decentralise structures of pilgrims and medical screening across its three sentorial districts.
“In particular, NAHCON congratulates the Kogi State Commission for being the first to renew its licence with NAHCON in compliance with the rules and regulations of the national hajj body. Milestones like these ease the job of the nation’s hajj handlers, curtailing hiccups that may be experienced during peak period of the annual Muslim pilgrimage to the holy land.
“Apart from renewal of its licence, the KSHC has moved ahead in decentralising structures of pilgrims’ screening across its three senatorial districts as well as decentralising medical screening across same zones. The state pilgrims’ commission has also been in the forefront of carrying out pilgrims’ enlightenment on electronic and print media in addition to one-on-one pilgrim education campaigns. Initiatives like these explain the coordinated execution of hajj schedules that KSHC has come to be known for.
“Indeed, NAHCON had during 2018 Hajj commended the same Kogi Commission for its timely preparations that ultimately saw its pilgrims being first to be airlifted into and from Saudi Arabia.
It is NAHCON’s prayer that KSHC under the chairmanship of Sheikh Luqman Imam Abdullahi will continue to achieve admirable feats in hajj management that will take the state and nation at large to international reverence.