National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, has allocated 76,000 hajj seats to the 36 states of the federation and other statutory agencies for the 2015 holy pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.
In a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by its media director, Alhaji Uba Mana, NAHCON explained that the seats had already been approved by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for Nigeria.
The commission stated that the allocation of the seats was part of early preparations for 2015 Hajj operations.
It informed that they were allocated to the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT as well as the Nigerian Armed Forces.
The commission further explained that 66,000 were allocated to the 36 states, FCT and Armed Forces, while the remaining 10,000 were set aside for international pilgrims otherwise known as tour operators.
It has, however, directed prospective pilgrims to contact their various state pilgrims welfare agencies to pay for the seats and for other necessary arrangements.
The commission particularly urged states to give priority to prospective pilgrims embarking on the holy journey for the first time.
It called on the agencies to consider their health conditions during the sale of the seats, as requested by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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