The 2018 hajj exercise deadline for registrations has been tentatively set to May, this was reveal by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).
Chairman of the commission Abdullah Mukhtar Muhammad said this in Abuja at a meeting with representatives of the State Pilgrims Welfare Boards and Agencies (SPWBA).
He said Nigeria’s intending pilgrims for next year’s hajj are expected to pay for the exercise in full by the end of May 2018.
“As per the new hajj calendar of events by end of May 2018 everything as per payments and arrangements must be concluded,” Muhammad said.
He urged stakeholders and hajj managers to be diligent and to strictly adhere to laid down rules and regulations that would ensure practicably effective service delivery to all pilgrims.
The Chairman urged hajj handlers and other stakeholders to borrow a leaf from the late Shaykh Abubakar Gummi who epitomized sacrifice, dedication, commitment and fear of Allah when he laid the foundation for effective handling of hajj affairs in the country during the early 70s, by insisting that the right thing was rightly done.
He also urged hajj managers and stakeholders in the country not to be distracted by mischief makers.
He commended SPWBA officials from the various government ministries, agencies and parastatals, Islamic organisations under the auspices of Jamaatu Nasril Islam and the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and the media for their commitment and support in the successes recorded during the last hajj exercise.