2023 Hajj: Kano Pilgrims Board urges intending pilgrims to balance Hajj fare
The Kano State Pilgrims Welfare Board, KSPWB, has called on intending pilgrims in the state, who deposited part of the 2023 Hajj fare to complete the payment to reach the N2,919,000.00 pegged by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON.
The Kano pilgrims board recently urged the intending pilgrims to top up their Hajj fare deposit to N2.5 million pending the announcement of the tentative price by NAHCON.
Also, the NAHCON on Friday announced that pilgrims flying from Yola and Maiduguri will pay N2,800,000, while those flying from other northern states will pay N2,919,000.00 only.
The NAHCON Chairman, Bar. Zikrullah Kunle Hassan who announced the fare, also said the southern part of the country has six different costs for hajj, saying that pilgrims from Edo state will pay N2,968,000.00, as those from Ekiti and Ondo will pay N2,880,000.000.
According to him, pilgrims travelling from Cross River will pay N2,943,000.00, Osun will pay N2,983,000.00 while pilgrims from Lagos, Ogun and Oyo states will pay N2,999,000.000. Alhaji Hassan announced that pilgrims from the south south and south eastern states will pay N2,968,000.00.
Briefing journalists on the development at his office on Friday evening, the Executive Secretary of the board, Alhaji Mohammad Abba Dambatta urged the intending pilgrims to pay the balance before April 21, 2023.
Dambatta noted that collection of the Hajj fare would soon close, as the exercise was getting closer by the day.
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Dambatta said that prospective pilgrims would pay over N2.9 million for Hajj fare because of the rise in exchange rates of naira to dollar and the increase in value-added tax from Saudi Arabia and the increase in air tickets.
He said that screening of prospective pilgrims would commence after April 21, when the fare would have closed across the 44 local government areas of the state.
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