Hajj 2022: NAHCON Seek Additional 5,000 Slots

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Ganiat Balogun, Saudi Arabia

The chairman of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Alh. Zikrullah Kunle Hassan has requested for additional 5,000 slots for Nigerians who wish to visit the Holy land this year.

Alh. Hassan made the request during his visit to the Deputy Minister in charge of Hajj and Umrah in Makkah. During the visit, Alhaji Abdullahi Magaji Hardawa, NAHCON’s Operations Commissioner said the chairman requested additional 5,000 slots for Nigeria pilgrims in order to give tour operators, states and other interested parties more seats.

According to the commissioner, “We did not envisaged additional slots because of the time the Saudi authorities approved for Hajj to be conducted this year and also the cost of the Hajj.”

The commissioner said he is in touch with the Nigerian ambassador to Saudi Arabia, H.E Yahaya Lawal in order to facilitate its appeared approval.

The Deputy Minister said he will transmit the request to the Saudi Arabia authority but asked NAHCON Chairman to await response soonest.

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