The management of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), today (02/02/2017) met to ratify the 2017 hajj seat allocation to the 36 states pilgrims’ welfare Boards as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the Armed Forces.
At the meeting which was presided over by the Chairman/CEO, Barr. Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammed MON, FCIA, was consequent upon the submission of report of the Six-man committee set up by Executive Board in December.
Some of the fundamental criteria used for the exercise includes the fulfillment of the following:
- Previous seat allocation for 20162. Performance and scores obtained during the Inspection and Verification exercise.
- Reward for positive performance by the states during the 2016 Hajj exercise especially in Airlift, Traduddiyah, e-track, pilgrims’ education e.t.c.
- Default or sanctions for offenses like drug-trafficking, abscondment by states attracts deduction of seats.
The report of the allocation exercise will be published and formally communicated to the respective states.
Meanwhile, the Commission has warned that any state that fails to remit the money for the allocated seat risk forfeiture of their allocation upon the expiration of dead line set for the final remittance to the Commission.
It similarly advised that any state that could not utilize the seat allotted it should return the offer to the Commission for onward distribution to others.
It would be recalled that the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Hajj had at the signing of Memorandum of Understanding in January restored the 20% deducted from Nigeria’s allocation since 2012 a result of the completion of expansion and renovation project at the Haram.