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The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has called on States to expeditiously remit a reasonable percentage of funds in order to secure the slots allocated to their respective States.

In a letter addressed to the Chief Executives of State Pilgrims Welfare Boards, Agencies and Commission by the Director, Finance and Accounts, Dr. Salihu A. Usman, the call became necessary in view of the timeline issued by the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, which makes it mandatory for every Hajj Mission that intends to participate in the 2024 Hajj to remit their money before a certain period.

According to him, failure to comply with the directive would be interpreted as being unprepared or not interested in participating in the 2024 Hajj Exercise.

He further stated that non-compliance with the directive would leave the Commission with no alternative or option but to reduce the allocation of such States and allot them to States that have completed their remittances and are in need of more slots.

He pointed out that it was important that the Commission’s IBAN Account be adequately funded by December for the Commission to make payments to undertake or process some activities in the Kingdom.

The letter reads: 2024 Hajj remittances “I am directed to inform you that considering the new timelines slated by Saudi authorities for 2024 Hajj activities, you are urged to expeditiously remit a reasonable percentage of funds for the slot allocation to your respective states.”

‘’Failure to do so shall be interpreted as unpreparedness on your part and shall leave the Commission with no option but to slash your allocation and add to the more prepared states as appropriate to meet datelines and ultimately facilitate a hitch-free exercise.”

He therefore called for their continued cooperation and understanding in order to collectively work towards meeting the deadline and facilitating a hitch-free 2024 Hajj exercise. ”While thanking you for your continued understanding, please accept my warm regards from the Ag. Chairman/CEO.” The letter concludes.

Mousa Ubandawaki

Deputy Director

Information and Publications, NAHCON

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