Muslim pilgrims’ boards release new guidelines for hajj
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) and state hajj boards have rolled out new guidelines for pilgrimage effective next year.
Under the new regime, intending pilgrims are to produce highly-placed citizens as sureties. Besides, they would pay N1,250,000 in instalment of N250,000 between now and April for the 2017 hajj fare pending the announcement of the official rate.
The decision was part of the resolutions reached at a review meeting held in Abuja.
The meeting also recalled the ill-fated 2015 exercise and condoled with the affected state governors and families.
It stressed the commission’s collaboration with National Orientation Agency (NOA) and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on the move for a drug-free hajj exercise in the future as well as accommodating the pilgrims within the radius of one kilometre to Haram Grand Mosque in Makkah and the floating of benchmark for accommodation according to rating.
NAHCON’s Head of Media, Malam Uba Mana in Abuja, NAHCON quoted the Chairman, Abdullahi Mohammed Mukhtar, as saying at the opening of the meeting that the measures were intended to ensure improved services.