The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) is pleased to inform the general public that biometric capturing exercise for intending pilgrims to 2019 Hajj has kicked off in some states.

The states where the exercise has kicked off are those that have successfully uploaded details of their registered intending pilgrims on the e-portal and have also completed all other necessary requirements. They are Kwara, Kaduna, Gombe, Bauchi, Kano, Zamfara and Niger states.

Therefore, the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NAHCON, Barrister Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammad, expresses his appreciation to the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency Mr. Adnan Bostaji and the Kingdom’s Consulate in Kano for facilitating early commencement of the biometric data registration. Similarly, the NAHCON helmsman acknowledges VHS Tasheel for their preparedness in starting the process immediately. He commends the state boards currently performing the exercise for their cooperation.

Resultantly, Barrister Muhammad urges other state pilgrims’ boards to emulate those states that have fulfilled all registration requirements which enabled them to begin the data-capturing programme for their pilgrims. Early biometric registration is essential to forestall last minute rush, forcing intending pilgrims into panic mode.

Similarly, the Chairman impels intending pilgrims not to hesitate in making payment of the Hajj fare to avoid consequences of doing so. They must make their payments in banks and thereafter present the bank draft to their respective boards. They must also ensure that their correct details are uploaded in the e-portal after completing payment.


Fatima Sanda Usara,

Head, Public Affairs Division,