Hajj 2017: Airlift of Nigerian pilgrims begins July 30

Hajj pilgrims
Hajj pilgrims

The airlift of Nigerian Pilgrims to Saudi Arabia for Hajj 2017 will begin On Friday, July 30, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, said.

The commission also said it has started processing visa for about 40,000 intending pilgrims that have so far completed their payments in various states of the federation.

The states with the highest number of registered pilgrims are Kaduna 6,335, followed by Niger with 4,129 while Zamfara, Kano and Sokoto each has about 3,000 pilgrims.

This was revealed in a press release signed by the spokesperson of the commission, Uba Mana, on Tuesday.

Mr. Mana said “all states are urged to immediately commence the inoculation of intending pilgrims and issuance of Basic Travel Allowance, BTA.”

He also called on all intending pilgrims wishing to travel for the 2017 Hajj to complete their payments to their respective States before the Saudi E-portal for visa approval is closed.


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  • Sgt Soros

    Another government racket that ought to abolished with immediate effect! Why is Government in these days of scarce financial resources subsidizing piligims?

    • Usman Ishiaka

      Who’s subsidizing d hajj fare? Pls don’t comment on issues u have no knowledge about.

      • Sgt Soros

        The Government permitting Haji pilgrims to source “scarce” USD’s at NGN 197 instead the official rate of NGN 365 is what exactly in your flimsy mind? This is a SUBSIDY PERIOD! All this is at a time when the Nigerian Government is having problems funding education, health and even paying salaries.

        Please, don’t comment on issues that you know nothing about!

  • John Okoh

    Hajj to Saudi Arabia is supposed to be individual responsibility. Why should the Federal Government have a commission for that?Remember Nigeria is a secular country .Does Nigeria have a commission set up to handle Christians travelling abroad for their own pilgrimage? The whole thing is disgusting.