Despite the rise in cost of hajj, some states pilgrim’s welfare boards said they have sold out the seat allocate to them by NAHCON for the 2023 hajj.
“In Edo state, about 350 intending pilgrims had made either full or part-payment for this year Hajj. The Chairman of Edo pilgrims’ boards, Sheikh Ibrahim Oyarekhua said the board is targeting 400, “We have applied for additional 150 slots and during our emergency meeting, we have officially presented the request to NAHCON chairman and has promised to oblige us the request”
Ibrahim Oyarekhua further charged intending pilgrims who have already made part payment to complete the money within the stipulated time to enable them to embark on the journey to the Holy land.
In the same vein, the Kaduna State Pilgrims Welfare Agency Executive Secretary, Dr Yusuf Yaqubu Alrigasiyu, has declared that the agency will demand additional 500 hajj seats for this year’s pilgrimage.
He said the request was to meet the clamour of other intending pilgrims expected to make payments for seats in the state in the coming days.
Dr Alrigasiyu explained that the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) had already allocated 5,987 seats to the state, with intending pilgrims expected to pay N2.919 million per seat at a press briefing on Tuesday.