The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), hereby wishes to restate that the deadline for the remittance of 50 per cent deposit of 2023 allocation remains February 28, failure of which the affected states would forfeit their allocation or got it reduced.
Remittance to the Commission in this past week has been abysmal and payment to service providers in Saudi Arabia remains the biggest assurance that Nigeria will participate in this year’s Hajj.
“Therefore, it is necessary to kick things off. By our calendar of events, final remittance to the Commission should be concluded by February 28 to conclude arrangements on time, as we don’t want to give room to lapses.
We implore SPWB/A/C to cooperate with us and ensure compliance with the directive to make the Hajj 2023 successful,” the Assistant Director, Information and Publications of the commission, Mousa Ubandawaki said in a statement.
While reiterating its commitments to all intending pilgrims to ensure that everyone who paid their fare is registered. NAHCON urged states to respect the agreement on the distribution of Hajj quota on the basis of 60 per cent for government pilgrims and 40 per cent for the Hajj Savings Scheme subscribers.
Similarly, the Commission, he said, is disturbed about cases of Hajj Savings Scheme subscribers being discouraged or pressurised to withdraw or migrate their deposits from the scheme to the State Board, to be registered for this year’s Hajj.
It should be emphasised that under the 2023 Hajj policy, 40 per cent of intending pilgrims would be from Hajj Savings Scheme, while 60 percent would be from the government, pay as you go.
“NAHCON will like to assure all the stakeholders that no stone will be left unturned to make sure that the 2023 Hajj arrangements and operations are hitch free,” he pledged.