NAHCON Advance Team Leaves For Saudi Arabia

On Monday, 6th June 2022, Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan, Chairman of Nigeria’s Hajj body National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, dispatched first batch advance team to Saudi Arabia for the 2022 Hajj. With this exercise he said, Hajj operation has commenced, and the rest of Nigeria’s Hajj pilgrims are coming to meet them soon.

In a farewell ceremony in the International Wing of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, the NAHCON Chairman tasked members of the advance team to set the pace for the successful accomplishment of the 2022 Hajj.

In a prior departure briefing of the entire advance team in the NAHCON Hajj House headquarter on Saturday, 5th June 2022, the NAHCON leader reminded the staff that this is the time to put into practice all the trainings they have received. He reminded them that their major responsibility is to go over all the agreements signed with service providers to ensure that the details are fully implemented. Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan ordered them to station themselves on ground awaiting hitch-free arrival of pilgrims and to treat them with utmost respect as guests of the Almighty. However, before the arrival of the esteemed pilgrims, the NAHCON Chief Executive Officer instructed heads of the different committees to pay a familiarization visit to the office of the Adillah company in Madinah to introduce themselves as NAHCON’s representatives. This is to enable the Adillah to identify who to contact when necessary.

Those on the advance team include medical personnel, house managers, feeding staff, Makkah and Madinah reception team members.

Meanwhile, all pilgrims that paid for the 2022 Hajj through the Hajj Savings Scheme, and have completed their payments, are instructed to visit the State Pilgrims’ Welfare Boards which they selected at the time of enrollment for necessary preparations. They are to carry along their international passports, covid-19 vaccine certificate and yellow card if they have been inoculated already.

Meanwhile, intending pilgrims are to note that the announced Hajj fare of maximum N2,496,815.29 (two million, four hundred and ninety-six thousand, eight hundred and fifteen Naira, twenty-nine kobo) is inclusive of their $800 Basic Travel Allowance (BTA).

Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan prayed for the safe journey of advance team members and the success of the 2022 Hajj.

Fatima Sanda Usara, A.D Public Affairs, NAHCON.

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