The Commission’s Head of Media, Mrs Fatimah Mustapha, in a statement on Monday in Abuja, said electronic Hajj registration was part of the requirements demanded by Saudi Arabia for 2018 Hajj.
She explained that the measure was part of efforts of the Saudi authorities to ensure transparency, fair play, justice and equity in the entire Hajj operations.
Mustapha said that the Executive Chairman of NAHCON, Abdullahi Muhammad gave the directive while addressing ICT officials of the State Boards, Commissions and Agencies at a one-day training on E-Hajj.
Muhammad said the training was to teach the officials the nitty-gritty on the registration of 2018 Hajj intending pilgrims through the E-Hajj registration.
He added that the E-Hajj was the only system that could guarantee visa processing and acquisition for pilgrims.
The chairman reiterated the commitment of the commission to E-Hajj operation and the need for all official dealings on Hajj within and outside Nigeria to be in compliance with the system.
He said that it was high time for all Hajj and Umrah operators to get acquainted with the development in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) because Hajj operations were gradually becoming paperless.
He said NAHCON would deal with the State Boards based on the information made available on NAHCON’s e-portal.
“ All the requirements for Hajj visa including accommodation, catering services and transportation are all done online.
“Pilgrim is expected to choose the service providers whose companies are already on the Saudi Hajj portal for the choice of the intending pilgrims,“he said.
The NAHCON boss warned state pilgrims officials against endangering the process, as incorrect information uploaded on the Hajj portal may smack untold consequences on the state.
“It is a very rare privilege to manage Hajj affairs. Therefore let us work together to improve the current ranking of Nigeria in Hajj operations from being amongst the last five to number one,“he said.