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EXCLUSIVE: NAHCON Chairman speaks on Nigeria’s participation in Hajj 2022

 

Hajj Reporters

 

The chairman of NAHCON Zikirullah Kunle Hassan has said that should Saudi authorities give go ahead for foreign pilgrims’ participation in Hajj 2022 but reduced the country’s quota, allocation to various states will be based in their performance during Hajj 2019.

 

He said if a state was allocated 5000 slots but could only register 25% of that figure, it means that is the capacity they have and that is what may be allocated to them.

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The Chairman of NAHCON, Alhaji Zikirullah Kunle Hassan stated this on Tuesday while responding to a question in an exclusive interview with HAJJ REPORTERS in his office in Abuja.

 

On the possibility of Nigeria’s intending pilgrims participating in this year hajj, The Chairman said though there is no official statement as per Hajj 2022 but he is very optimistic that Hajj 2022 will be held with foreign pilgrims and that Nigeria pilgrims will participate this year.

 

“Though we understand Covid 19 has impacted negatively on the entire world and we are all going through it. Will there be Hajj, I think yes from the side of optimism, and have there been any official pronouncement from the Kingdom, No but unofficially yes. Other things are still not yet clear to us but we are told they are working on all arrangement to conform with international best standards and be of no negative consequences where everybody is involved”.

 

The NAHCON Boss also spoke about the ongoing efforts of the commission to be self sustainable, as well as what they are doing to get help for the various private tour operators in the country who are hard hit by the covid-19 pandemic

 

Full excerpt of the interview will be published soon.

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