Hajj Commission Concludes Operations for pilgrims

Fatima Hassan, Abuja

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The National Hajj commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, has announced that it has come to the end of the 2022 hajj operations by conveying the remaining Muslims pilgrims from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabian to Nigeria on the 7th of August 2022.

This was contained in a statement issued by NAHCON’s Assistant Director, Public Affairs Hajiya Fatima Usara, which reads:

Nigeria’s last flight for 2022 Hajj, an Azman Air with 319 pilgrims from Kaduna and Kano and officials from the various states and NAHCON departed King Abdul Aziz International Airport Jeddah, today 7th August 2023 at about 12:00 pm.

The trip signifies end of 2022 Hajj Operations from Nigeria. The last flight is coming six days ahead of deadline of Hajj airlift as set by the Saudi authorities, and three days ahead of NAHCON’s planned deadline being 10th of August 2022. For over three weeks of the operation, only two flights cancellation were recorded with maximum delay of six hours.

Flight for 2022 Hajj with 319 pilgrims from Kaduna and Kano and officials from the various states and NAHCON has  departed King Abdul Aziz International Airport Jeddah, Saudi Arabia today the 7th August 2023 at about 12: 00 pm.

The last flight is coming six days ahead of deadline of Hajj airlift as set by the Saudi authorities, and three days ahead of NAHCON’s planned deadline being 10th of August 2022. For over three weeks of the operation, only two flights cancellation were recorded with maximum delay of six hours.

In a ceremony to mark the end of the operation, the NAHCON Chairman Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan attributed success of the return trip to Almighty. He thanked the federal government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari for his tireless support to Hajj organization.

The dinner was organized on the 6th August in honor of NAHCON which marked beginning of the 2023 Hajj preparations.

Consequently, the NAHCON Chairman, Alhaji Hassan made three formal requests at the occasion the first of which is timely communication on 2023 Hajj guidelines, second is a review of the feeding arrangement in Masha’ir, and the third is a request for quick resolution of the IBAN blockade that deterred some Tour Operators’ pilgrims from participating in the year’s Hajj.

Responding, Mr Sindi assured NAHCON that 2023 Hajj will witness complete restructuring in contrast to this year’s hasty arrangements. He also expressed confidence that the Hajj quota will return to status quo ante therefore recommended that NAHCON starts working on the original figure unless instructed otherwise.

 

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