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Breaking: House Of Reps to probe conduct of Hajj 2022

The House of Representatives have said that it will probe the conduct of Hajj 2022 operations as it affects Nigerian pilgrims.

This was revealed on Wednesday by the chairman House committee on Pilgrimage, Abubakar Nalaraba while delivering a goodwill message during a post Arafat meeting currently holding in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

The meeting is convened by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) yo assess the conduct of Hajj 2022.

Mr Nalaraba said his committee has been “receiving lots complaints regarding this years Hajj. We will look at all these complaints and see how we can find solutions to them,” he said.

The airlift of pilgrims from Nigeria to Saudi had lots of challenges with over 1550 pilgrims left behind.

There were cries of slot racketeering,” as well as visa a d flight cancellations.

Many pilgrims accused the commission of canceling their visas and allocating same to pilgrims close to politicians despite paying deposits since 2019.

 

Some pilgrims also accused officials across the states of cutting their Basic Travel Allowances.

Return journey starts Friday

 

Meanwhile, NAHCON chairman, Zikirullah Kunle Hassan has announced that the airlift of pilgrims from Saudi Arabia back to Nigeria will begin this Friday.

 

“ Subject to the approval by GACA (General Authority of Civil Aviation ) return journey will commence on Friday 15 July and it will be based on first in, first out basis,” he said.

 

Mr Hassan also announced that while the commission will conduct a “post Mortem “ on Hajj 2022 soon, “preparations for Hajj 2023 starts today”.

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