NAHCON urges State Pilgrims Boards  to explore possible ways of reducing 2024 Hajj fare

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The Acting Chairman/CEO of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Malam Jalal Ahmad Arabi the Executive Secretaries/Chairmen (ES/C) of States’ Pilgrims’ Welfare Agencies, Boards and Commissions (SPWBs) to explore possible ways of reducing the 2024 Hajj fare to enable interested pilgrims to enroll.

He stated this on Thursday during a meeting with them at the Hajj House NAHCON headquarters in to review preparatory plans towards successful 2024 Hajj Operation.

In his opening remarks, the Chairman also requested them to remit the deposits they have so far received into the NAHCON Central Bank Account because the figures will determine next line of action.

Malam Arabi encouraged them to intensify enlightenment in their environs reminding intending pilgrims to hasten in making deposits before it is too late.

The NAHCON Acting Chairman commended them for their resilience and unison in carrying out the campaigns so far. In his words, “there is no time so you have to remit whatever amount paid to your accounts for the Commission to arrange Pre-Hajj visit to negotiate the necessary services for our Intending Pilgrims.” He was optimistic that “our public will ultimately appreciate outcome of our plans to reduce the 2024 Hajj fare.”

The Chairman expressed understanding of the challenges experienced by the SPWBs in remitting the deposits reiterating that NAHCON will gladly intervene between the ES/Cs and their respective principals where there are difficulties if they invite the Commission to do so.

On the Hajj Savings Scheme the Chairman stated that it is the future that will guarantee planning in synchrony with Saudi Hajj policies. He therefore urged all states to embrace it saying “We should indeed appreciate the value of the Hajj Savings Scheme, accept and adopt it despite some reservations so we that we can soon inculcate it in our planning as we forge ahead.”

The meeting concluded with strong hope that as soon as the remittances are made with clear statistics of registered pilgrims known, this would lead to Hajj fare computation that would equally lead to announcement of the Final Hajj Fare.

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