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NAHCON: Hajj fare won’t exceed N4.5m, deadline to end earlier

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The National Hajja Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has assured that the 2024 Hajj fare won’t exceed the N4.5 million pilgrims have been told to deposit with states pilgrims welfare boards.

Daily News 24 reports that the assurances was revealed in a statement issued by the commission in Abuja on Friday.

The statement, signed by NAHCON’s Assistant Director of Press, Fatima Sanda Usara, read:

““Hajj fare may not exceed the N4,500,000 (four million, five hundred thousand) currently required as minimum deposit to register for the 2024 Hajj. The amount was expected to rise after the final fare computation. However, the reverse may be the case following some measures the NAHCON Chairman and his team plan to introduce, the imminent rise in the Hajj fare may be a nightmare subdued.”

Also read: NAHCON gives December deadline to states for Hajj remittances

Mrs Usara explained that the commission charged pilgrims $6,644 dollars for the 2023 Hajj and the figure still remains the same for 2024 as the commission did not make any increase.

She however said the seeming high fare for the 2024 was a result of the deprecation of the naira against the dollar.

“Recall that the cost of the 2023 Hajj in Dollars was $6,644.1 exchanged at the rate of N456 to a Dollar. Today, the same $6,644.1 at the exchange rate of N800 would amount to N5,315.352. This is what makes the hike predictable. Fortunately, Malam Jalal Arabi brought a proposition that would insulate the Hajj fare from escalating,” the statement said.

“And in consonance with the Tinubu’s administration, the proposals are being considered because they would serve as shock absorbers to the final cost of 2023 Hajj.”

Payment deadline to end earlier

Mrs Usara also announced that as the 2024 approaches, NAHCON wishes to remind intending pilgrims that the deadline for making Hajj deposits would end earlier than usual.

“This is because the host country has scheduled to close Hajj preparatory arrangements earlier to facilitate timely commencement of visa processing.

“Consequently, visa issuance would end earlier than it used to be as well. Towards this end, the Hajj Commission set December 31st as deadline for remittance of N4.5 million Hajj fare deposit to allow it collate number of qualified candidates for the Hajj.”

“It is with this number that the Commission would enter negotiations that would determine the final fare for the year’s Muslim pilgrimage.

“Outcome of accommodation, feeding and airline negotiations would also come with announcement of deadline for full fare remittance or refund if there is any excess on the N4.5m,” she explained in the statement.

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