The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON has confirmed 59 companies for renewal or fresh application of licensing as private Tour Operators.
The Commission had made a call for this in November 2018, and about 144 companies sent applications. Out of which 59 were confirmed while 85 were considered not qualified.
Due to the fairness of NAHCON management, those considered not qualified were given an opportunity to present their cases before a panel constituted by the Commission to listen to their defences.
In this regard, a 10-man committee named “Consideration of Appeals By complainant Companies for 2019 Hajj License” was constituted.
During the commencement of the hearing, NAHCON’s Commissioner
Operations, Alhaji Modibbo Saleh, charged the members to be fair in the discharge of their assignment and to conduct the sitting bearing in mind consequences of injustice.
He however propelled them towards maintaining the standards enshrined by NAHCON as borderline of doing business in the interest of pilgrims.
Some of the companies penalised failed to comply with the registration guidelines among which are presentation of tax clearance, failure to return their registered pilgrims on time as required by Saudi Arabian and Nigerian extant laws, failure in remittance of caution fees, and other offences.
The Committee is therefore expected to submit its report within the week.