The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, the national body that regulates Hajj activities in Nigeria, has announced today, the 16th Day of Ramadan, 1444AH, corresponding to 7th April 2023, the Hajj fares for the intending pilgrims travelling from Nigeria for this years Hajj, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Briefing the pressmen and stakeholders that gathered inside the amphitheatre hall at NAHCON headquarters in Abuja, Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan, the Chairman of NAHCON, announced the fares for the Hajj. He told the audience there would be eight different fare rates for the pilgrimage, and it is because of the differences in points of embarkation to Saudi Arabia and other considerations. The fares are as follows: Two million, eight hundred and ninety thousand nairas (N2,890,000:00 ) for pilgrims flying from Maiduguri and Yola for the pilgrimage. For the rest States in the Northern states of Nigeria, each pilgrim has to pay Two million, nine hundred and Nineteen thousand Naira (N2,919,000:00) . For intending pilgrims from South, South States the fare rate is two million, nine hundred and sixty-eight thousand Naira (N2,968,000:00). For pilgrims from Cross Rivers: Two million, nine hundred and forty-three thousand Naira (N2, 943,000:00). Ondo and Ekiti states pilgrims shall pay the sum, two million, eight hundred and eighty thousand Naira (N2, 880,000:00), Osun State Pilgrims two million, nine hundred and ninety-three thousand nairas (N2,993,000:00). Lagos, Ogun and Oyo States pilgrims are to pay, two million, nine hundred and ninety-nine thousand nairas. (N2, 999,000:00). Each pilgrim from South Eastern states of Nigeria pays two million, nine hundred and sixty-eight thousand nairas (2,968,000:00).
In addition to the fare announcement, NAHCON announced that the payment remittance for this year ends on 21st April 2023, and each pilgrim shall have 800 dollars as Basic Travelling Allowance from the money paid. It also indicates that payment for Hajj through the Hajj Savings Scheme portal closes today. The chairman informed Nigerians that the following Air Carriers, as approved by the president, shall be in operation for this years Hajj operations Air PEACE, AZMAN, FLYNAS, AERO CONTRACTORS, and MAX AIR, as carriers for the states pilgrims, Meanwhile Arik-Airlines and Value-jets would operate as chartered flights for private Hajj tour operators.
The Commission has fixed 21st May 2023 as the inaugural flight for the 2023 Hajj operations. At the occasion, Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan promises Nigerian pilgrims a seamless pilgrimage as they will be flown to Saudi Arabia in good time for the Hajj. He admonishes the approved airlines to be above board because the Commission will have zero tolerance for flight delays, cancellations and positioning of low-capacity aircraft for the operation.
The Saudi Arabia Hajj authorities allotted 95,000 slots to Nigeria for this Hajj. The Kingdom expects from all over the world three million pilgrims for this Hajj.