The National Hajj Commission, NAHCON, has announced the final fare for this year, 2024.
The Chairman of the Commission, Malam Jalal Arabi said that intending pilgrims from Nigeria’s Southern Centre are required to pay Four million eight hundred and ninety nine thousand (N4,899,000) as Hajj fare, while those from the Northern Centre will pay four million six hundred and ninety thousand (N4,699,000).
However, those from Yola and Maiduguri Centre will pay Four million six hundred and seventy nine thousand(N4,679,000).
The Deputy Director, Public Affairs, Fatima Sanda Usara, recalled that the Chairman of NAHCON had initially aimed to maintain the 2024 Hajj fare at N4.5 million.
“The prospects had remained high until the well-known Naira crash that occurred mid-week”.
“Regrettably, the recent instability in the dollar exchange rate compelled a necessary adjustment despite commendable efforts by NAHCON Chairman, Jalal Ahmad Arabi to maintain the cost of the year’s Hajj at the said rate,” she said.
NAHCON assured the public of its commitment to ensuring a smooth and successful Hajj pilgrimage for all participants despite the challenges posed by foreign exchange factors.
The commission appreciated the understanding and cooperation of the Nigerian Muslim communication.