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Hajj Commission Finally Fixes N4.8 Million As 2024 Fare For Muslim Pilgrims 

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has finally fixed between N4.6 million and N4.9 million as fare for the 2024 pilgrimage to the Holy Land of Saudi Arabia.
The Commission had initially aimed to maintain the 2024 Hajj fare at N4.5 million that was charged as initial deposit but had to change against the backdrop of the crash of Naira mid-week.
“Regrettably, the recent instability in the Dollar exchange rate compelled a necessary adjustment despite commendable efforts by NAHCON Chairman, Jalal Ahmad Arabi to maintain cost of the year’s Hajj at the said rate.
A statement today, February 3, by the NAHCON spokesperson, Fatima Sanda Usara, quoted Jalal Arabi as saying that he had actively negotiated substantial discounts with service providers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in late January, aimed at alleviate costs for intending pilgrims but failed because of the crash of the Naira. “However, the volatile currency situation within the week necessitated the Commission to take a drastic decision to consolidate the gains achieved in lowering the cost of services for the Hajj, without which the price of 2024 Muslim pilgrimage might have shot to about N6,000,000 (six million Naira).
“Consequently, intending pilgrims from Nigeria’s Southern center are required to pay N4,899,000 as Hajj fare; those from the Northern center will pay N4,699,000, for the Hajj and pilgrims from Yola and Maiduguri center will pay a fee of N4,679,000 for the 2024 Hajj.”
NAHCON Chairman narrated how he tried to work out reduced Hajj fare but said that the new development should be regarded as “the will of Allah, because the Commission, facing a tight deadline of 25th February, has limited time to explore further options to remain within the range of N4.5million which he assiduously worked for. “Consequently, NAHCON announces the feasible cost of Hajj to meet the impending remittance deadline.
“Intending pilgrims are therefore advised to balance their Hajj fare by Monday, 12th of February accordingly, to enable the Commission transfer the funds before the imminent deadline.
“NAHCON assures the public of its commitment to ensuring a smooth and successful Hajj pilgrimage for all participants despite the challenges posed by foreign exchange factors. The Commission appreciates the understanding and cooperation of the Nigerian Muslim community during these times.”

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