Alhaji Sulaiman Usman, Director, Planning, Research, Statistics, Information and Library Services, announced this in a letter to all Chairmen and Secretaries of States Pilgrims Welfare Boards, Agencies and Commissions, dated May 24, 2018.
Muftau Okoya, Executive Secretary of the board, gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Lagos.
Bashir made the disclosure at a news conference on preparations for the 2018 Hajj operation at the board’s head office in Abuja.
Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs, AbdulHakeem AbdulLateef, gave the directive during a stakeholders meeting on Friday in Lagos.
Speaking in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lagos, some of them said they needed more time to raise the N1.35 million initial deposit.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a total of 4,930 seats were allocated to the state in 2017 and fare paid for the least seat was N1.49 million.
Musbau Okoya, Executive Secretary of the board, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the deadline became necessary to prevent challenges associated with late preparation.
The slots were granted at a ministerial meeting between Saudi Arabia and Nigeria in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, where the Memorandum of Understanding for 2018 was presented, an event that kick-starts the processes of Hajj every year.