Hajj News HAJJ: Don wants days reduction to save cost 3 years ago Prof. Badmos Yusuf, Dean, School of Postgraduate, University of Ilorin, has advised the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) to reduce the number of days pilgrims spend in Saudi Arabia to cut cost. Yusuf, who was a former member, Presidential Committee on Hajj, gave the advice at the National Hajj and Umrah Stakeholders’ Conference to mark the 10th Anniversary of NAHCON, on Sunday in Abuja. The theme of the conference is “ Hajj Management in Nigeria: Honouring the Past, Treasuring the Present and Shaping the Future.“ The don said that reducing the numbers of days Nigerian pilgrims spend in Saudi Arabia during hajj would help to bring down the cost of hajj fare. Yusuf attributed the high cost of 2017 hajj fare to the economic downturn that the country was grappling with and urged the management of NAHCON to redouble its efforts to deliver on its mandate. He listed some of the challenges hindering smooth hajj operation to include scarcity of aviation fuel during hajj periods, insufficient wide bodied aircraft, poor quality and quantity of feeding at Munah and Arafat. Yusuf called for the amendment of the NAHCON Act, 2006 to increase the tenure of its Executive Chairman and members of the Board to five years single term. Also speaking, the Executive Chairman of NAHCON, Alhaji Abdullahi Mohammed said that the conference was a departure from the conventional stakeholder’s forum, adding that it outcome would enhance hajj management in the country. He said that the commission through direct negotiation with the landlords in Madina had saved over 12.3 million US dollars and 6.3 million dollars in Mecca. NEWS AGENCY Sharing!ShareTweetGoogle+LinkedIn0shares Advertisements Continue Reading Previous ‘Pay Your Utility Bills Or No Hajj’- ClericNext 302 slots allotted to Ondo pilgrims for 2017 Hajj More Stories Hajj News Ministry of Hajj sets accommodation protocols for foreign Umrah pilgrims 7 hours ago Hajj News Umrah: Saudi ministry announces quarantine rules for foreign pilgrims 10 hours ago Hajj News JUST IN: 10,000 Foreign Pilgrims to perform Umrah each week 2 days ago Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.