NAHCON urges pilgrims to commence partial payments
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has advised all intending Nigerian pilgrims for the 2017 hajj exercise to deposit a monthly minimum of N250, 000 for four months or pay N1million once to the State Pilgrims Welfare Boards/Agencies/Commissions (SPWB) in their respective states
The Commissioner in-charge of Personnel Policy Management and Finance (PPMF) in the commission, Yusuf Adebayo Ibrahim made the plea on Thursday in Abuja after NAHCON meeting with chief executives of the SPWBs.
He disclosed that the payment which commences this December would last till April 2017 to ease the task of intending pilgrims meeting the fares requirements when the commission would announce the official fares for the 2017 hajj.
Insisting that the amount was not the final fares to be paid by pilgrims, the NAHCON chieftain said, “we want to maintain the accommodations in the Markaziyya (high brow areas) in Madinah and want to extend same in Makkah. We want to ensure that accommodations for Nigerians in Saudi Arabia would not be more than one kilometre to Haram in the two cities.