The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has expressed readiness to bring down hajj fares for the comfort of intending pilgrims to the 2017 holy pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.
Making this revelation is NAHCON’s head of media, Alhaji Uba Mana, in a telephone interview with LEADERSHIP, yesterday.
The media head who just came back from accommodation inspection tour of Saudi Arabia saidv NAHCON in view of new government policy has negotiated with service providers in the Holy Land that accommodation for states’ pilgrims should be looked into according to their values.
He said, “Take for example, do you expect somebody who lodge into a three star hotel in Nigeria to pay the same price as someone who seeks accommodation in a five star hotel?
He said NAHCON has inspected the houses for this year’s intending pilgrims, satisfied with it and asked the states to pick from them.
“As I talk to you now, my chairman, our commissioner of finance and some other senior officers are still busy in Saudi Arabia trying to bring down the prices of accommodation there. From our end, we want to do the review of the accommodation price, their values and submit these to the management (of NAHCON).”