Kano State Pilgrim welfare board has announced the commencement of receiving deposit from intending pilgrims for the 2020 Hajj in Saudi Arabia.
The executive secretary of the board Muhammad Abba Danbatta made this known at the press briefing in Kano state north Western Nigeria.
He said the Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje had given them approval to commence the 2020 Hajj operations after receiving the report of 2019 in his office.
Danbatta said that; “any person who is willing to perform Hajj in 2020 should pay initial deposit of N1.2 million before the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) determine the main Hajj fare”
He further stated that the initial deposit would be enough for all the registration processes of an intending pilgrims.
According to him, the remaining amount to be paid by the pilgrim might not be more than the Basic Travel Allowance (BTA) and a few other services.
Danbatta explained that the Hajj fare is pegged by considering the price of the dollar in foreign exchange market and the services to be rendered for a pilgrim in Makkah and Madina.
“The N1. 2 million initial deposit will surely be enough for all the registration processes up to the issuing of visa for an intending pilgrim. The remaining balance, which will be determined by the NAHCON, will not be more than the money for BTA and other expenses in Saudi Arabia.
“Therefore, I wish to call on the people of Kano who want to pay for themselves or pay for their loved ones to pay initial deposit of N1. 2 million at a bank,” he said.
Danbatta said that the 2019 Hajj operation was successful and the board has now put in place, measures to address the few challenges faced during the exercise.
He commended Governor Abdullahi Ganduje for making the 2019 Hajj operation a success as the agency recorded a huge success in the area of all the services rendered for Kano Pilgrims, such as accommodation, feeding, health, air flights among others.