Nigeria has sold out its 2022 hajj slots – NAHCON
Nigeria’s National Hajj Commission (NAHCON) has said the country’s 2022 Hajj quota has been exhausted.
Recall that the Saudi authorities had allocated 43,008 while NAHCON allocated 33,976 to States and 9,032 to tour operators.
NAHCON, in a statement by its deputy public affairs director, Fatima Sanda Usara, said on Thursday it had long since exhausted its quota.
He also expressed hope that all Hajj officials used their allowances on a first-come, first-served basis, as agreed from the start of operations.
The Commission assured that if Saudi Arabia honors its request for additional slots, NAHCON would gladly distribute them to all stakeholders requesting additional allocations without hesitation.
The statement read in part: “In the meantime, NAHCON urges all state pilgrim councils and private operators to increase their focus on preparing their pilgrims for their timely transport to Saudi Arabia. The need to move all registered pilgrims to the Kingdom safely before the closure of Saudi airspace is currently NAHCON’s most important concern.
“Similarly, the Commission assures licensed tour operators that the initial inconveniences encountered due to unforeseen developments in the new operational system have been successfully resolved, therefore, they should start printing travel documents for their pilgrims without delay” .