National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, on Saturday explained that nautical proximity to Saudi Arabia, the price and location of accommodation for pilgrims in the capital of Makkah are some of the reasons why there are differences in the Hajj fares for states in Nigeria.


The commission listed other reason as local charges by the different state pilgrims in terms of administrative charges, uniforms, and registration fees, transportation shuttle to departure centers which are often located in another state.

Chairman of NAHCON, Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan had on Friday announced eight different 2023 Hajj fares regime for the Northern states and other parts of the country.


Hassan, while briefing the press after a meeting with the Chief Executives of the pilgrims welfare boards, agencies and commissions from 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT in Abuja, said “pilgrims in Maiduguri and Yola departure centre in the North East will pay the sum of N2,890,000.00 and this includes their 800 dollars Basis Travelled Allowance, BTA”, adding that those from other Northern states would pay N2,919,000.


He also announced that pilgrims from Edo State as well as the entire South South and South East are expected to pay N2,968,000.


“Ekiti and Ondo States, N2,880,000; Osun State is N2,993,000 and Cross River State incidentally has the cheapest which is N2,943,000, while that of Lagos, Ogun and Oyo States is N2,999,000″ he informed.


The chairman, however, said in a statement issued by the NAHCON’s Deputy Director of Information and Publications, Alhaji Mousa Ubandawaki that “a varied limited number of people have been asking some questions about why the pilgrims from the state of the federation would have to pay different fares from the same country.”


The statement reads in part: “For over two months, the commission has been working to ensure the fare did not spiral out of the reach of average Nigerian Muslims, especially against the backdrop of the global economic crisis, bourgeoning inflation, and the depreciation of the naira against the dollar in the forex market.


“Thank goodness that the commission was able to keep the price below N3million against all these odds.


“At the inception of the screening of airlines for this year’s Hajj, the Commission through the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA was made aware that tickets for air travel including the charter flight that Hajj carriers charge is influenced by the nautical mile the aircraft covers.


“It is the reason why the air ticket for Maiduguri and Yola departure is much lower than all the other Northern states as well as Southern Nigeria due to its proximity to Saudi Arabia.


“In other words, while pilgrims from those two airports spend less than four hours to Saudi Arabia, those from other regions of the North and Southern states spend five or more hours to the same destination.



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