Hajj: Entry visa into Saudi Arabia will not secure permit for anyone, NAHCON cautions

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, (NAHCON), has cautioned some travel agencies from collecting Hajj fares from intending pilgrims with the assurance of securing slots for them under the entry visa category.  It is alleged that such agents attribute their claims to NAHCON’s permission. In a warning first issued on May 28, NAHCON had dissociated itself from any agent claiming to transport pilgrims to the 2021 Hajj without Saudi Arabia’s clearance. Thereafter the Kingdom had categorically stated that only the 60,000 selected to perform Hajj from within Saudi Arabia shall…

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Hajj 2021: ‘No seats allocated to Nigeria yet’ – NAHCON

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, (NAHCON) says no hajj seats have been allocated to Nigeria for 2021 hajj by the authorities of Saudi Arabia. Head of Public Affairs of NAHCON, Mrs. Fatima Usara, made the disclosure in a press statement issued yesterday, in Abuja. She said “The attention of the Commission has been drawn to an advert circulated on Instagram and probably other social media platforms claiming that it is official, Nigeria finally got 50,000 slots for Hajj 2021/1442 AH. The advert is calling on intending pilgrims to deposit…

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NAHCON to make Hajj exercise affordable – Chairman

The Chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, (NAHCON), Alh. Zikrullah Hassan, has reiterated the Commission’s commitment to making annual Hajj pilgrimage exercise affordable to prospective pilgrims. Hassan stated this yesterday, in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, during a special prayer, organised in his honour by the Muslim Ummah of South-West Nigeria, (MUSWEN), over his appointment as NAHCON chairman. He said that the introduction of ‘Hajj Savings Scheme’, Hajj Training Institute and the digitalisation of Hajj operations were all aimed at making the Hajj operations affordable and shortening the time spent…

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Lesser Hajj: One year after closing airspace, 75 Nigerians depart for S/Arabia

Seventy-five Nigerians yesterday departed the country via the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja to perform lesser Hajj, (Umrah) in Saudi Arabia, according to  the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Abuja outreach.  This signifies the opening of Saudi Arabian airspace  for Nigerians, after Umrah was banned in February 2020. It is coming after Saudi Arabia closed its airspace for almost a year, following the outbreak of COVID-19. The Head of the NAHCON Abuja outreach, Umar M. Kalgo, while confirming the departure, said a total of 75 pilgrims departed Nigeria to…

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