Hajj: NAHCON Denies Slash In Nigeria’s Quota

By Akin Akande, Abuja
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has said that the Saudi Arabia has not cut the nation’s hajj slots for the year 2013.
The Commission in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday by its Public Relations Officer, Uba Manna to react to media reports that hajj allocation to Nigeria has been reduced by the Saudi government stated that the total number of hajj seats allocated to Nigeria remains 95,000.
It added that Nigeria has asked for an upward review of the hajj seats in view of the ongoing expansion of the holy mosque in Makkah.
Manna in the statement added that the request is yet to be granted as other countries of the world also made similar requests.
He noted that NAHCON may not grant request for more seats by many states of the federation except there is an increase in seats allocation by the Saudi government.
The NAHCON spokesman however gave assurance that the Commission would not hesitate to add to seats allocation to states whenever its request is granted by the Saudi government.
” At the moment, the total number of Hajj seats annually allocated to Nigeria is 95,000.  And in spite of the on-going expansion of the Holy Mosque in Makkah, the request by Nigeria and indeed other nations for an upward review of Hajj seat allocation is yet to be granted by the Saudi authorities” said the statement.