Nigeria Gets 40 Slots for 2024 Hajj Tour Operators Amidst Saudi Policy Shift
By Alabidun Shuaib AbdulRahman
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has secured 40 slots for the 2024 Hajj Tour Operators. This was announced by Assistant Director of Public Affairs, Fatima Sanda Usara, on Sunday.
This achievement follows a policy shift by Saudi Arabia, limiting each participating country to 5% of licensed tour operators for the 2024 Hajj, initially leaving Nigeria with only 10 slots.
Persistently engaging in dialogue, the Federal Government of Nigeria emphasized the promotion of indigenous entrepreneurs for the country’s socioeconomic development, resulting in Saudi Arabia reversing its decision and granting approval for an expanded quota of 40 tour operators.
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Therefore, NAHCON established stringent criteria, including operational capacity, experience, performance history, and a clean operational record, to screen the initially announced 110 qualified tour operators.
Usara highlighted a rigorous evaluation by a 7-man expert team, leading to the approval of the top 40.
The approved tour operators include well-established names such as Hajj Mabrur Ventures LTD, Hamsyl Travel and Tours LTD, Gaskiya Tourism and T Agency LTD, Shebra Travels & Tours LTD, Alhujaaj International Umrah & Hajj Services LTD, Taura Travel and Tours LTD, Tafsan Towers & Travels LTD Amisad Air Support Services LTD, Al-Qibla Travels and Tours LTD, Danbare Travels Agency LTD, Masanawa Travel and Tours LTD, Travels Express LTD, Strive Wata Travel and Tours LTD, Maqbuul International Limited, Matasa World Wide T Agency LTD and Arafat Air Services Nigeria LTD.
Also are Murna Travel Agency LTD, Dala Air Services LTD, Libra Gold Travels & Tours LTD, Omosa Travels LTD, An-Noor Air Services LTD, Pyramid Travel and Tours LTD, Snowbal Travels and Tours LTD, Focal Point Travels LTD, Comerel Travels & Tours LTD, Tomeb Travels & Tours, Asan Umrah Company LTD, Amami Global Links LTD, Zango Travel & Tours LTD, Al-Halal Travel & Tours LTD, Dija Travels & Tours LTD and Al-Rahma for Hajj and Umrah Services Limited.
Others are Qiblah International Services LTD, Karamchi Travel & Tours LTD, Allahu Nuru Travels and Tours LTD, Dar Al-Islam Hajj & Umrah LTD, H.A.M Travel Air Services Limited, Imam Travels and Tours Nigeria Limited, Skybird Travels and Tours LTD and Al-Kauthar Travels & Tours LTD.
NAHCON encourages the remaining 70 qualified operators to consider collaborating with the approved 40 in fulfilling this religious obligation.
The Commission plans to hold a meeting with all 110 qualified operators to foster synergy and ensure inclusivity in this partnership.