- The 2019 pilgrimage fare has been reduced to N715, 000
- According to chairman of the commission, Rev. Yomi Kasali, the cost of pilgrimage was reduced due to pleas from stakeholders
- Meanwhile, Kasali called on air carriers and the ground handlers to do what is expected from them
The Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) has reviewed and reduced the cost of 2019 pilgrimage fare to the State of Israel from N750,000 to N715,000.
The chairman of the commission, Rev. Yomi Kasali, revealed this on Friday, September 13, at the signing of the agreement of the 2019 pilgrimage contract between the commission and the service providers that would participate in the Christian pilgrimage exercise to the Holy Land.
Kasali explained that the cost of pilgrimage was reduced due to pleas from stakeholders, adding that the country was faced with tough times and so not everyone could afford the initial fee.
“I want to inform the general public that this year’s 2019 pilgrimage cost has been reduced to N715,000.
“The fees were reduced because we looked at the plea of the states during the conference of states meeting. We have a responsive leadership, our management and the board sat and reviewed it downward.
“We thought we should consider tough times are here and Nigerians want to go, if there was anything that we could do to make it lower, we would have done it.
“So, we thought that was good, we were just responding as a board to the plea of our stakeholders and they are the conference of states so that it can be more affordable,” he said.
Kasali called on the air carriers and the ground handlers to do what is expected from them and urged Christians to sign up for the 2019 pilgrimage.
Recall that Legit.ng had reported that pilgrims were asked to behave well in the holy land as Saudi authorities do not tolerate crimes.
Aliyu Tanko of the National Hajj Commission (NAHCON), in his speech during a one-day retreat for the pilgrims, said there are many people languishing in prisons for unknowingly breaking the law.
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