The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, has reviewed downward the fares for the 2019 Hajj exercise.
A statement released Saturday night by NAHCON, Head, Public Affairs, Fatima Sanda Usara, said the downward review was the result of re-classification of land transportation routes as well as reduction of their rates on the portal of the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah on transportation routes that will be used by Nigeria.
The commission said the review had led to a reduction of 620 Saudi Riyals equivalent to 165 US Dollars from what was contained in the 2019 Hajj fare earlier announced by various States, the FCT, and the Armed Forces.
The statement added that Nigerian pilgrims from all States of the Federation, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and the Armed Forces are now to pay N51,170.45 less than the fares earlier announced. According to the statement , the commission directed all States Pilgrims Welfare Boards, the FCT, and the Armed Forces to immediately announce the review and commence refunds to pilgrims that have paid over the reviewed fare.
The commission said it had, therefore, extended the deadline for closure of pilgrims registration to 15th July 2019 due to demand from various quarters and in view of the latest development. It enjoined all intending pilgrims for 2019 Hajj to conclude payments and all necessary registration procedures before the said date.