Hajj 2017: States get one week payment extension ••
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has directed State’s Pilgrims Welfare Boards/Agencies/Commissions (SPWBAC) to extend deadline for payment of 2017 Hajj fare by one week.
NAHCON Chairman, Abdullahi Muhammad Mukhtar gave the directive yesterday in Abuja at the contract signing ceremony with 2017 approved Hajj carriers.
A statement yesterday by the spokesman of NAHCON, Uba Mana said the extension became necessary to enable intending pilgrims more time to pay up their outstanding balance.
“Hajj is a divine call and therefore we must do everything to ease the path and pain of the people and enable more people to complete their payments,” Mukhtar said.
While describing the contract signing as an important milestone, he said, “This event is very important. It is a big step towards the commencement of Hajj airlift, whose importance cannot be over emphasized. It can make or mar the success of the 2017 Hajj exercise.”
He however expressed confidence and trust in the ability of the airlines to deliver on their mandate, saying the commission has trust and confidence in their capabilities to deliver and give the best services to Nigerian pilgrims.
Speaking on behalf of the approved airlines, the chief executive officer of Medview Airline, Alhaji Munir Bankole, thanked the commission for the confidence and trust reposed on them and assured of their commitment and determination to ensure that the 2017 Hajj records success.
The three airlines that sealed the 2017 Airlift Agreement are, Medview Airline, Max Air and Azman Airline, which is participating in the airlift exercise for the first time.
The Saudi Arabia designated airline, the FlyNas is expected to sign up later in the week.