The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), has reviewed downward the fares for the 2019 Hajj exercise by N51,170.45.
In a statement issued by the Head, Public Affairs, Fatima Sanda Usara in Abuja, the commission said the downward review was the result of re-classification of land transportation routes and reduction of their rates on the portal of the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah on transportation routes that will be used by Nigerians.
The commission said the review had led to a reduction of 620 Saudi Riyals equivalent to $165 from what was contained in the 2019 Hajj fare earlier announced by various states, the FCT, and the Armed Forces.
“Nigerian pilgrims from all States of the Federation, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and the Armed Forces are now to pay N51,170.45 less than the fares earlier announced.
“All States Pilgrims Welfare Boards, the FCT, and the Armed Forces to immediately announce the review and commence refunds to pilgrims that have paid over the reviewed fare,” the statement read in part.
NAHCON, therefore, extended the deadline for closure of pilgrims registration to July 15 due to demand from various quarters and in view of the latest development.
It enjoined all intending pilgrims for 2019 Hajj to conclude payments and all necessary registration procedures before the said date.
Meanwhile, the commission is scheduled to hold a stakeholder meeting to review and finalise all arrangements before the commencement of this year’s Hajj operations expected to start next month.
The acting secretary of the Commission, Alhaji Ahmad Maigari, said the meeting, fixed for Tuesday, June 25, is expected to be attended by the various committees set up for the exercise, state pilgrims welfare boards and agencies, airlines contracted.
All relevant federal and state ministries, parastatals and agencies involved in the execution of the annual religious exercise are also expected to attend the meeting.