The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has commenced the licensing of State Muslim Pilgrims’ Welfare Boards/Commissions/Agencies across the country.

To that effect, the commission has constituted a committee made up of members of the Licensing, Inspectorate and Legal Units of the Commission to visit all the state boards to inspect their office accommodations, facilities and manpower which are prerequisites for the issuance of licenses to them.

Spokesman of the commission Uba Mana, said in a statement that the delegation which has begun its national assignment reports that the process for far has been hitch-free.

He quoted the head of the team, Alhaji Muhammad Usman Liman as saying that seven states which have been covered expressed happiness with the exercise and complied with the directives issued to them. They are Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Katsina, Kano, Jigawa and Bauchi.

He noted that the general assessment of the visited states was encouraging while each individual state has been scored according to the laid down guidelines. He, however, urged other states to await the team as each state will be graded according to its capacity.

“The inspections concentrated on the office accommodation and its facilities, as well as the manpower of the boards,” Liman said.

The statement said the commission will allocate the 2017 Hajj slots to the states according to their licensing grading of A, B and C. 

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