Nigerian Hajj Commission Announces N4.9m Fare for 2024 Pilgrimage

Nigerian Hajj Commission Announces N4.9m Fare for 2024 Pilgrimage

  • Intending pilgrims for the 2024 hajj exercise have been told to pay N4.9 million as announced by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON)
  • The information indicates that a deposit of N4.5 million has been set, but numerous prospective pilgrims find it challenging to fulfil this stipulation
  • The commission attributes the rise in fare rates to the difficult foreign exchange rate, a major concern impacting Nigeria's economy

Legit.ng journalist Segun Adeyemi has over 9 years of experience covering political events, civil societies, courts, and metro

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has set the 2024 Hajj fare at N4.9 million.

In a statement released by the commission, it was gathered that it had established N4.5 million as the deposit, but many intending pilgrims struggled to meet this requirement.

Read also

FG devalues the naira again to attract foreign investors, unify official, parallel markets - Report

Hajj 2024, NAHCON
The Nigerian Hajj Commission intends N4.9m fare for the 2024 pilgrimage. Photo Credit: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
Source: Getty Images

According to Fatima Sanda Usara, Assistant Director of Public Affairs at NAHCON, pilgrims from Southern states are expected to pay N4,899,000, those from Northern states N4,699,000, and individuals from Yola and Maiduguri will pay N4,679,000 for the upcoming Hajj.

PAY ATTENTION: Сheck out news that is picked exactly for YOU ➡️ find the “Recommended for you” block on the home page and enjoy!

The commission attributes the fare increase to the challenging foreign exchange rate, a significant issue affecting Nigeria's economy.

The commission has set a deadline of February 12th for prospective pilgrims to transfer funds to service providers, ensuring compliance before the February 29th cutoff.

As reported by Daily Trust, pilgrims paid just over N3 million for the Hajj in 2023.

The Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Malam Jalal Ahmad Arabi, had initially aimed to keep the 2024 Hajj fare at the initial deposit of N4.5 million.

Read also

Good news: Tinubu’s govt begins payment of January salary

However, this plan was disrupted by the mid-week Naira crash, leading to an unfortunate adjustment due to the instability in the Dollar exchange rate. Despite Chairman Arabi's commendable efforts to maintain the cost, the recent fluctuations compelled a necessary change.

In late January, Chairman Arabi actively worked to secure significant discounts from service providers in Saudi Arabia to lower costs for prospective pilgrims.

Fall of Naira behind increase in hajj fee - NAHCON

However, due to a sudden fluctuation in currency values, the Commission had to make a decisive move to maintain the reduced Hajj costs. Without this action, the 2024 pilgrimage expenses could have surged to around N6,000,000.

As a result, individuals from Nigeria's Southern Centre are now required to pay N4,899,000, those from the Northern Centre N4,699,000, and pilgrims from Yola and Maiduguri Centre N4,679,000 for the 2024 Hajj.

Chairman Arabi expressed regret, attributing the decision to the will of Allah and the tight deadline of February 25th, leaving limited time to explore alternative options.

Read also

Despite forex loss, FBN Holdings declares N362 billion profit for 2023

NAHCON announces these adjusted costs to meet the impending remittance deadline, advising pilgrims to settle their Hajj fare by Monday, February 12th, to facilitate the necessary fund transfers.

FG appoints 3 airlines for Hajj operation in 2024, shares locations

In another report, the federal government has approved three airlines to convey passengers in the country for the 2024 Hajj.

It approved three air cargo companies to airfreight pilgrims' excess luggage.

The clearance reaffirms the government's dedication to providing Nigerian pilgrims with a seamless experience.

Source: Legit.ng

Authors:
Segun Adeyemi avatar

Segun Adeyemi (Current Affairs and Politics Editor) Segun Adeyemi is a journalist with over 9 years of experience as an active field reporter, editor, and editorial manager. He has had stints with Daily Trust newspaper, Daily Nigerian, and News Digest. He currently works as an editor for Legit.ng's current affairs and politics desk. He holds a degree in Mass Communication (Adekunle Ajasin University). He is a certified digital reporter by Reuters, AFP and the co-convener of the annual campus journalism awards. Email: segun.adeyemi@corp.legit.ng.

Online view pixel