NAHCON Clarifies Misleading Reports on Visa Delays, Assures Timely Airlift of Pilgrims

NAHCON Clarifies Misleading Reports on Visa Delays, Assures Timely Airlift of Pilgrims

NAHCON Clarifies Misleading Reports on Visa Delays, Assures Timely Airlift of Pilgrims By Alabidun Shuaib AbdulRahman The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON has clarified concerns over the availability of travel visas for Nigerian pilgrims in a statement on Friday. Mousa Ubandawaki, the Deputy Director of Information and Publication for the commission, said that recent

NAHCON Clarifies Misleading Reports on Visa Delays, Assures Timely Airlift of Pilgrims

By Alabidun Shuaib AbdulRahman

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON has clarified concerns over the availability of travel visas for Nigerian pilgrims in a statement on Friday.

Mousa Ubandawaki, the Deputy Director of Information and Publication for the commission, said that recent reports claiming over 45,000 Nigerian pilgrims may miss this year’s Hajj due to visa issues are misleading and intended to create panic.

Ubandawaki acknowledged that there were technical problems initially regarding the visa processing, but they have since been resolved, and visa processing is currently underway.

He clarified that in the past two days, visa issuances to state pilgrims have been progressing smoothly, with no flight cancellations attributed to visa complications.

According to him, as of now, more than 35,000 Nigerian pilgrims have already arrived in the Holy Land, and the remaining pilgrims are expected to be airlifted within the next 10 days.

Providing further details, Ubandawaki revealed that out of the 75,000 allocated slots, over 58,000 visas have been processed for Nigerian pilgrims.

“Of these, 20,000 visas were issued in the last two days, and the remaining visas are expected to be processed by tomorrow. Despite the initial hiccup, the commission remains committed to completing the airlift operation to Saudi Arabia before the 20th of this month,” he said.

Assuring the public and intending pilgrims, Ubandawaki stated that all the states scheduled for flights are on track without any disruptions related to visa procurement.

He also emphasised the commission’s careful approach to avoid overcrowding and ensure synchronisation between the airlift and available accommodations in Madina, where pilgrims visit before Arafat.

Ubandawaki, therefore, urged the media to prioritise the interests of Nigerian pilgrims while being mindful of the unintended worry and anxiety their reports may cause.

He called on the public and pilgrims to disregard the misleading news report, assuring them of the commission’s unwavering commitment to airlift every eligible Nigerian pilgrim to the Holy Land in a timely manner, providing optimal comfort and welfare services.

 

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