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2018 Hajj: NAHCON approves N1.46m as fare for Kwara pilgrims

Pilgrims circumbulating the Kaaba (tawaf) yesterday. It is one of the important rite when a pilgrim visits the Haram first for Umurah or Hajj rites.

National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has approved  N1,462,390.95 as  2018 Hajj fare for intending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia from Kwara.

Alhaji Mohammed Tunde-Jimoh, the Executive Secretary of the Kwara State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board  disclosed this in a statement issued in llorin on Thursday.Tunde-Jimoh said the fare for each state was jointly determined by  NAHCON  and officials of the 36 State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards.He explained that the approved 2018 Hajj fare for Kwara pilgrims include airfare, accommodation, transportation and other logistics for pilgrims  in Mecca and Medina.

According to him, the intending pilgrims travelling with the board will   receive a  flat rate of 800 US dollars each as Basic Travelling Allowance.He noted that the 2018 Kwara Hajj fare was reduced by the  sum of  N40, 000 when compared  with that of 2017.The executive secretary also announced that  intending pilgrims,  who had performed the  Hajj in the last three years, would  pay  a mandatory additional charge  of 2,000 Saudi Riyals adding that  the development was in line with the directive of the Saudi authorities.

Furthermore, Tunde-Jimoh stated that the board would not process the travelling documents  of any pilgrim  who refuses to pay the required charges and  enjoined intending pilgrims from the state  who had made a deposit of N1.3 million to the board, to complete their payment immediately.The executive secretary also gave June 31 as deadline for completion of payment.

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