Hajj 2019: Zamfara pilgrims get discounted fare

Amina Mohammed, Abuja


The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria has announced additional reduction of 200 Riyals from 2019 Hajj fare for pilgrims of Zamfara state.

According to the head of public Affairs Division, Mrs Fatima Usara, the cut is as a result of renegotiation with the state’s home/accommodation owner in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

The amount, which is equivalent to N16, 492.08, has decreased the Zamfara state fares to N1, 467, 896.57 for 2019 Hajj.

NAHCON used the opportunity to thank the new government of Zamfara State under the leadership of Governor Mohammed Bello Mattawalle for the support and understanding exhibited in the course of further bargaining.

“This step has paved the way for the intending pilgrims in the state to save extra cash from the earlier announced cost” Usara said.

The Commission also appreciated and congratulated the Zamfara State Muslim Pilgrims’ Welfare Board for its endeavour in mobilising intending pilgrims despite challenges experienced in the state and for the commendable arrangements already in place for the airlift of registered pilgrims to the holy land.

Intending pilgrims from the state are encouraged to contact the state’s Muslim pilgrims’ welfare board in order to secure release of the surplus amount.

 “As for those who have already departed for the pilgrimage, the Commission assures them that their reductions will be credited to them appropriately,” she said.