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NAHCON Urges States Pilgrims Boards to Remit 50% of Hajj Fee or Have Their Slots Reduced

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Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan, chairman National Hajj Commission of Nigeria

Any of the state pilgrims’ boards that fail to remit by 28th February 2023, fifty (50%) percent deposit of the value of its total slots allocated for the 2023 hajj, shall have its slots reduced.

A media statement by the National Hajj Commission, NAHCON, said the much-expected remittance as scheduled was not forthcoming as agreed.

The statement issued by the NAHCON and signed by its spokesperson, Moussa Ubandawaki, frowned that, “remittance to the commission in this past week has been abysmal and payment to service providers in Saudi Arabia remains the biggest assurance that Nigeria will participate in this year’s hajj”.

The statement also implored agencies of the state government with oversight on pilgrimage, not to renege on the allocation principle of 40-60 percent as agreed for allocating seats to intending pilgrims.

It appealed to concerned state governments thus, “respect the agreement on the distribution of hajj quota on the basis of 60% for government pilgrims and 40% for the Hajj Savings Scheme subscribers,” it said.

The statement reiterated that of the total slots of 75,00 allocated to Nigeria, 40 percent of the slots, which amounts to 30,000 seats, shall be allocated to subscribers of the Hajj Savings scheme

Moussa Ubandawaki, expressed concern that most state pilgrims welfare boards were mounting pressure on subscribers to either withdraw or migrate their deposits from the scheme to the state pilgrims’ agencies to be registered for this year’s hajj.

The statement said all the state governments indulging in such uncharitable acts to desist henceforth from such malicious conduct and intimidation of innocent and potential pilgrims.

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