NewsNigeriaReligionNigerian Pilgrims Urges To Be Good Ambassadors Of The Country

Nigerian pilgrims to this year’s Hajj exercise in Saudi Arabia have been advised to abide by the rules and regulations during the exercise,

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) Chairman, Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan advised the 2023 Hajj inaugural flight at the pilgrims’ terminal in Abuja on Thursday.

Hassan said that all Nigerian pilgrims traveling for the Hajj exercise are expected to be good ambassadors of the country.

“Let me seize this opportunity to implore our pilgrims to be good representatives of Nigeria by abiding by the rules and regulations of our host country, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”.

“95000, Made up of 75,000 regular or state pilgrims and 20,000 for the tour operators,” he said.

The ceremony was attended by Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency Faisal bin Ibrahim Al-Ghamdi and Prof. Ishaq Olanrewaju Oloyede, who represented the Sultan of Sokoto and president General, of Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Faisal bin Ibrahim Al-Ghamdi.

Meanwhile, the Jigawa State Pilgrims Welfare Board has expressed worry about the reduction of the Basic Travel Allowance (BTA) for 2023 Hajj pilgrims.

Alhaji Ahmed Umar Labbo, the executive secretary of the board, stated this in an interview with Journalists on Thursday in Dutse, the state capital.

Labbo noted that the Jigawa State Pilgrims Welfare Board had already sent BTA to the first batch of pilgrims and urged intending pilgrims to make use of what they have learned during training for a successful Hajj exercise.

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has announced an increase of $250 from the 2023 Hajj fare.

The increment was due to the ongoing Sudan crisis, which had resulted in the closure of the country’s airspace for security reasons and necessitated all Hajj airlift flights to operate through alternate routes, with flight duration varying from one hour and 40 minutes to three hours long, depending on the departure points in Nigeria.

NAHCON resolved to reduce the basic travel allowance (BTA) from $800 to $700, as provided in the Hajj package.

Hassan Umar Shallpella (Regional Correspondent)

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