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Registration for 2021 Hajj begins Sept 9 -NAHCON



Registration for 2021 Hajj begins Sept 9 -NAHCON
Registration for the 2021 Hajj by intending pilgrims from the country will begin on September 9 this year, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, has announced.

Chairman of NAHCON, Barrister Zikrullah Hassan, who made the announcement yesterday at a press conference held at the Hajj House head office of the commission in Abuja, however, said that the fare to be paid by individual intending pilgrims has not been decided.

But he affirmed that “e-Hajj portal for pilgrims’ registration for 2021 Hajj will be opened immediately for registration to commence.”

Hassan also informed that “the operation of the much-awaited Hajj Savings Scheme will commence very soon” with a view to making the holy pilgrimage easier for Muslims to perform.

“I believe with the scheme in place, we will be able to make the cost in the near future more affordable as well as boosting the economy of the Muslim Ummah in terms of employment generation, revenue profile of the commission and the long-term preparation/plan for Hajj,” he stressed.

The chairman assured that any intending pilgrims who wants to recover his or her deposits for 2020 Hajj from the state Pilgrims’ Welfare Boards, SPWBs or the private tour operators, would be refunded.

He, however, added that those who may want to leave or roll over their deposits for 2021 Hajj would be accorded “the highest priority and rights of first refusal in 2021 Hajj.

Hassan also advised intending pilgrims who have made deposits but decided to keep their 2020 deposits with relevant agencies to sign a written agreement indicating their willingness to roll over them against 2021 Hajj.

He informed that the roll over refund would be deposited in the Hajj Savings Scheme, advising intending pilgrims who have made deposits but do not have bank accounts to urgently open theirs.

According to him, NAHCON “has started the process of refund to the various SPWBs for onward disbursement to the pilgrims.”

Hassan commended some of the SPWBs who have commenced the payment of refunds to their pilgrims.

The chairman further enjoined intending pilgrims who made deposits to private tour operators and want a refund to approach their respective agencies with duly signed service agreement, adding that “where a disagreement arises, it should be promptly referred to the commission for intervention.”

He also informed that NAHCON has begun “a transformation journey to the digital world -a strategic transformation plan (2020-2024) in which our idea will be driven by technological innovation.”

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