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NAHCON Advances Visa Processing for 2024 Hajj Pilgrims

NAHCON Advances Visa Processing for 2024 Hajj Pilgrims

By Matthew Eloyi

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has announced significant progress in the preparation for the 2024 Hajj pilgrimage, with an advanced stage reached in the processing of entry visas for intending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.

Speaking at the Maiden Stakeholders Summit on Nigeria’s Hajj and Umrah Industry in Abuja on Thursday, the Executive Chairman of NAHCON, Malam Jalal Arabi, disclosed the commission’s readiness for the upcoming pilgrimage season.

“We as a board of NAHCON and team will be meeting with the air carriers later today to fashion out the departure centres and of course, our partners in the aviation sector will also join us,” Arabi stated, highlighting ongoing collaboration with air carriers for the transportation of Nigerian pilgrims to Saudi Arabia from over 10 departure centres.

Arabi also revealed that all pilgrims from states would visit Madinah for a maximum of four days before the commencement of Hajj rites, marking a significant operational change compared to previous decades.

“The preparations for this year’s Hajj are characterized by different challenges but to God be the glory we are able to overcome the challenges,” Arabi expressed, noting the collective efforts of stakeholders in ensuring effective and efficient services for the pilgrims.

Close to 65,500 pilgrims from States Pilgrims Boards, Agencies, Commissions, and Tour operators are expected to participate in this year’s Hajj, Arabi disclosed, emphasizing the commission’s commitment to partnering and collaborating with stakeholders for the successful conduct of the operation.

Arabi commended Vice-President Kashim Shettima for his continued support and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, for his guidance to NAHCON’s leadership.

The summit, organized by the Hajj Institute of Nigeria established by NAHCON, serves as a crucial platform for fostering cooperation and collaboration among stakeholders in the Hajj industry, as highlighted by Prof. Mohammed Maiturare, the Rector of the institute.

“Through open dialogue, knowledge sharing, and a commitment to working together, we can address challenges and potential disruptions that might arise and ensure the successful execution of the 2024 Hajj,” Maiturare remarked.

The two-day summit aims to enhance coordination and readiness among stakeholders, underscoring the collective efforts towards facilitating a smooth and successful Hajj pilgrimage for Nigerian Muslims.

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