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Nigeria validates 95, 000 Hajj quota, slashes 2018 fares



Nigeria validates 95, 000 Hajj quota, slashes 2018 fares

Nigeria has validated its 95, 000 Hajj quota as it plan to roll out sharing formula for 36 states of the federation. Kano state, New Telegraph gathered exclusively, is to have the biggest share of the quota as arrangement is being made to release the template “any moment.”

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has also released hajj fare template in which the fare is slashed, making it the first time in the last 10 years in which a fare is lower than what is obtainable in the previous year.

The commission will use the 2017 template, a source at NAHCON told this newspaper, adding that Kano comes with highest share as obtainable last year. Kano state, he maintained, secured the highest number of seats for the 2017 Hajj from Nigeria as the Federal Government shared Nigeria’s 95, 000 quota to states.

The NAHCON, he added, had promised to with the mercy of Allah, make this year’s Hajj best ever in the anal of Nigeria. The NAHCON, an agency in the Presidency, checks showed in 2017, allocated a total 95,000 seats to the State Pilgrims Welfare Boards/Agencies/ Commissions (SPWB), the Armed Forces and the Private Tour Operators for the 2017 Hajj exercise. Kano State, the NAHCON document read, got the highest allocation of 6,602 while Imo State got 47 as the least among the states. The 2017 document revealed that Abia state got 62; Adamawa state received 2,097: Akwa Ibom got 60, Anambra secured 63, while Bauchi state got 3,213 slots.

Meanwhile, the Kano State Pilgrims Welfare Board has announced N1, 474,167.25 as this year’s hajj fare, just as the board has called on the intending pilgrims that have not complete their payment to do so before the closing date.

Briefing newsmen shortly after a meeting with members of the board, the Executive Secretary of the board, Alhaji Muhammad Abba Dambatta, said the hajj fare witnessed a reduction of N63, 972.72 this year. Dambatta explained that this was the first time in almost 10 years where intending pilgrims would pay less than what they paid in the previous year.

He also called on all intending pilgrims who already paid their fares in excess of the stated amount to come for the collection of their balance. The executive secretary confirmed that the board had concluded arrangements with regard to the provision of accommodation in the holy land for this year’s hajj. “We have secured standard accommodation for Kano pilgrims at places that are close to the Harams in both Makkah and Madinah,” he said.

Dambatta said a total of 5,500 seats were allocated to Kano state for this year’s pilgrimage, urging the intending pilgrims that had not submitted their travelling passports to do so as soon possible to enable the board complete the ongoing registration exercise.

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