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NAHCON Chairman Assures Participation Of Pilgrims In Hajj 2022

All intending pilgrims still in Nigeria have been assured of being transported to Saudi Arabia for the 2022 Hajj operations.

Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan, Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), made this known on Wednesday in Makkah.
He said that Nigeria and other countries with transportation challenges had been granted an extension of 24 hours from the earlier two days given by the Saudi Arabia authorities.
“It is our wish that no Nigerian intending pilgrim is left at home and we made several efforts to ensure this. Luckily, the Saudi authorities have further extended the date for closure of their airspace.
“With this extension, the remaining 5,000 pilgrims will be able to perform their Hajj. Over 1,000 pilgrims are on their way today (Wednesday). This is out of the 42,000 that registered for the 2022 Hajj.
“These two windows; of extension of date of closure and engagement of chartered aircrafts, will ensure that all pilgrims realize their dream of performing this religious act,” he said.
He explained that the earlier challenges were due to the cancellations and delays of flights caused by lack of preparedness of states.
According to Hassan, these delays were the major reasons for the delay in the number of flights made out of Nigeria so far.
The NAHCON chairman urged journalists to display professionalism in their reportage of the 2022 Hajj operations.
He said adequate arrangements had been made to share the journalists into all tents at the Holy sites in order to give Nigerians enough information about all pilgrims.
On the drama between him and a state Hajj official before coming to Makkah, Hassan described it as a justifiable act.
“I understand with the Niger state pilgrims official who was concerned about his pilgrims that are still in Nigeria. But like I explained to him, I have a responsibility to the other large number of pilgrims already in Saudi Arabia just as those in Nigeria.
“That was why I left behind the commissioners for Operations, Head of Aviation, Special Duties and others  to continue. Luckily, the extension of airspace came as we arrived,” he said.(NAN)

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