NAHCON An­nounces 2017 Hajj Fares

Sunday Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Ab­bas Ji­moh

The Na­tional Hajj Com­mis­sion of Nige­ria (NAHCON) has com­menced the an­nounce­ment of the 2017 Hajj fares with a call on rel­e­vant bod­ies to speed up the process of col­lect­ing and re­mit­ting same to the com­mis­sion.

The an­nounce­ment was made at the on­go­ing state Mus­lim Pil­grims’ Wel­fare boards, agen­cies and com­mis­sions meet­ing at NAHCON head­quar­ters in Abuja.

At the time of go­ing to press, six states of Nasarawa, Niger, Kaduna, Kano, Adamawa and Yobe had an­nounced their hajj fares to be paid by pil­grims.

While Nasarawa pil­grims are to pay N1,544,894.16 for this year’s hajj, Niger pil­grims are ex­pected to pay N1,525,483.30, Kaduna, N1,535,503.68, Kano, N1,537,859.97, Adamawa, N1,530,101.08 and Yobe, N1,520,101.18, re­spec­tively.

The pack­ages in­clude $800 gen­eral Ba­sic Travel Al­lowance (BTA).

An of­fi­cial of the com­mis­sion how­ever said the pack­ages ex­clude ha­daya (sac­ri­fi­cial ram) fees which has been fixed at N38,000 for this year’s ex­er­cise.

The boards are ex­pected to col­lect the sums and re­mit same to Jaiz Bank Plc, which is the ap­pointed bank for the col­lec­tion of the money.

Un­like the prac­tice of uni­form fares of the past, the com­mis­sion’s on­go­ing re­form an­nounced by the Chair­man of the com­mis­sion Ab­dul­lahi Mukhtar Mo­hammed, shows that each of the 36 states of the fed­er­a­tion has dif­fer­ent fares based on the ser­vices to be ren­dered to pil­grims and lo­cal dis­tance mill­age among other con­sid­er­a­tions.

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