… As LASG Urges Those Who Have Made Deposits To Pay Balance By February 12
The Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board has stated that N4, 899,000.00 (Four Million, Eight Hundred and Ninety-Nine Thousand Naira) as the final cost for the Y2024 Hajj exercise in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as announced by the Chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) Malam Jalal Ahmad Arabi over the weekend.
The Commissioner for Home Affairs, Hon. Olanrewaju Ibrahim Layode (OIL) revealed this in a statement signed by the Board Secretary, Mr. Saheed Onipede today.
Layode urged the intending pilgrims, especially those that had fully paid the initial deposit of N4.5 million to endeavour to pay the balance of N399,000.00 on or before February 12, 2024, to meet up with the deadline given by NAHCON.
The Commissioner, who expressed the State Government’s regrets over the increment, said that the development was least expected at a time when every Nigerian was trying hard to survive the economic downturn in the country as a result of the instability in the dollar to the naira exchange rate.
While pleading with the intending pilgrims to show understanding, he stated that the situation was beyond the control of the State Government. He explained further that the Sanwo-Olu administration and other stakeholders expected to have the initial deposit of N4.5 million reduced.
He. however, prayed that Allah would make the payment of the balance easy for them within the stipulated period and also make the spiritual exercise acceptable.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner has assured the intending pilgrims of a seamless exercise throughout their stay in the Holy Land. He affirmed that the State Government has secured a conducive and comfortable accommodation befitting its status nearer to the Haram in Makkah, adding that other initiatives have also been put in place to make the intending pilgrims enjoy maximum comfort while performing the Hajj rites.
Recall that the Chairman/CEO, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) Malam Jalal Ahmad Arabi, over the weekend, announced the adjustment in fares for the 2024 Hajj exercise. According to him, intending pilgrims from the Southern Region would pay N4,899,000.00; those from the Northern Region would pay N4,699,000.00 while pilgrims from Yola and Maiduguri Centre would pay N4,679,000.00 for the 2024 Hajj.