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2023 Hajj: NAHCON commences preparations

2023 Hajj: NAHCON commences preparations

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2023 Hajj: NAHCON commences preparations

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) says it has commenced preparations for the 2023 Hajj, toward a successful Holy Pilgrimage.

The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, NAHCON, Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan, said this at the Independent Hajj Reporters’ 2022 Hajj Lecture/Award held at National Mosque Auditorium on Thursday in Abuja.

Represented by Dr Ibrahim Sodangi, the Director of Administration and Human Resources, NAHCON, Hassan said that the preparations started at the end of the 2022 Hajj, even before departure from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

He said that the commission held a preparatory meeting with accommodation providers in order to secure befitting accommodation for the 2023 pilgrims.

Reports have it that the 2023 Hajj is expected to commence by June.

The NAHCON boss said that the commission plans to organize an international conference with resource persons from different parts of the world to further brainstorm toward a successful Hajj.

According to him, the conference will avail the commission of the opportunity to brainstorm and learn from Hajj veterans from across the world.

Hassan, who commended the independent Hajj reporters for organizing the 2022 Hajj Lecture/ Awards with the theme,” Heroes of 2022 Hajj, congratulated them for successfully hosting the event.

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According to him, NAHCON encourages productive gatherings that will boast the knowledge and enhance smooth Hajj operation in Nigeria.

Earlier, the National Coordinator, Independent Hajj Reporters, Mr Ibrahim Muhammed, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari and state governors to ensure that people with pre-requisite experience, capacity and integrity were appointed to head Hajj organisations.

According to him, Hajj operation is an international event attended by 165 countries and whatever image the country present is viewed through the diplomatic lens.

He said that the essence of establishing States Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards and NAHCON was about the welfare of Nigerian pilgrims.

Muhammed, who assured that Hajj reporters would continue to be pilgrim-centric in their activities, expressed concern over the gradual shifting of the centre of discussion from the very vital fulcrum of Hajj operation.

It was reported that the flashpoint of the event was the presentation of awards of Best in the welfare of pilgrims to Nasarawa State.

The award of best in Hajj Camp to Bauchi state, excellent coordination goes to Ogun state and the most disciplined state pilgrim board award goes to Niger State among others.

2023 Hajj: NAHCON commences preparations

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