State Pilgrims’ boards cannot announce 2019 Hajj fare-NAHCON

Amina Mohammed, Abuja

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The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has drawn the attention of Nigeria’s 2019 intending pilgrims in particular and the general public that NAHCON has not authorised any state Muslim pilgrims’ board to announce Hajj fare for 2019.

The indices that determine final fare for Hajj are yet to be determined by the Commission, state pilgrims’ bureaus and other stakeholders.

However, registration of pilgrims in Nigeria had commenced in November, 2018.

The registration requires a tentative deposit of N1.5m (one million, five hundred thousand Naira), in bank draft, with any of the certified state Muslim pilgrims’ boards, agencies or commissions. This deposit can be done fully or by instalments and a copy of the draft should be presented to the respective state board.

Intending pilgrims are warned not to pay cash to any agent or board member as payment is strictly through the banks.

Meanwhile, NAHCON has released an updated list of approved 2019 licensed Tour Operators with the corresponding number of slots allocated to each.

This is as a result of a 2-day hearing and verification of claims by the NAHCON committee set up for Consideration of Appeals by Appellant Companies for 2019 Hajj.

A total of 115 out of 147 companies that applied for the licence have so far been approved to participate in the year’s Umrah and Hajj exercises.