The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) acknowledges the current challenges faced by our pilgrims at the Mina outing. The commission is fully aware of the shortage of adequate tent space in Mina, and we consider it our utmost responsibility to address this issue promptly and transparently.
As the first post-COVID full quota allocation, we anticipated certain challenges would arise. NAHCON meticulously planned and prepared to overcome these anticipated difficulties. Regrettably, the primary issue currently faced by our pilgrims is the shortage of tent spaces. Rest assured, we have already taken proactive steps to tackle this matter, prioritizing the safety and wellbeing of all Nigerian pilgrims.
For the Mina outing, we initially planned 95,000 slots. As of 7:30am today, all states had completed their first phase of the movement to Mina except Kano, Kaduna, Niger, Borno, some tour operators and the South Eastern States only for the pilgrims to be met with shortage of tent spaces.
Despite this, owing to insufficient planning by the Mu’assasah, there was a downturn in tent space deliveries. This unforeseen situation has been compounded by some pilgrims occupying multiple slots that could have been utilized by others, thereby exacerbating the shortage.
We would like to assure all pilgrims that we are fully committed to resolving this situation swiftly and effectively. Our teams are working round the clock to provide the necessary support and additional resources to ensure the comfort and security of every Nigerian to alleviate our pilgrims’ inconveniences.
We empathize with the concerns and emotions that may arise due to this unfortunate situation. Therefore, we appeal to all pilgrims to remain calm, prayerful, and dedicated to the purpose of their presence at the Hajj in its entirety.
We are actively engaging with relevant stakeholders, including the Mu’assasah and other parties involved, to rectify the situation promptly. Our primary focus remains the wellbeing of our pilgrims, and we assure you that every effort is made to ensure a comfortable and fulfilling Hajj experience.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused and thank all our pilgrims for their patience and understanding. We stand united with you on this journey of faith and are committed to providing the necessary support throughout this Hajj season.
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