Pilgrims to pay N1.5m deposit each as countdown to 2020 Hajj begins

Friday, November 29, 2019

Intending pilgrims for 2020 Hajj are to pay a deposit of between N1 million and N1.5 million deposit each as countdown to the operations begins.

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), New Telegraph gathered, has begun the allocation of quota to pilgrims boards in 36 states across the Federation.

Jigawa State Pilgrims Welfare Board, which confirmed the allocation, noted that it secured 1,472 hajj seats from the National hajj commission for 2020 hajj exercise.

Each of the pilgrim, he said, is to pay a deposit of between N1 million and N1.5 million, pending the official announcement of the fares by NAHCON.

Fielding questions from newsmen in Dutse, the state capital, the Director Operations of the state’s pilgrims welfare Board, Ahmed Labbo, maintained that the board had already distributed the seats to 27 Local Government Areas of the State for sale to prospective intending pilgrims in the state.

The state Governor Muhammad Badaru has authorized the board to commence the 2020 hajj preparations, he said.

The materials for the work, Labo added, were distributed to zonal offices for the preparation of the hajj exercise,

“N1.million to N1.5 million has been proposed as hajj deposit for the state’s intending pilgrims pending the announcement of next year’s hajj fare by the National Hajj Commission (NAHCON),” the Director Operations pointed out.

Pilgrims from the state are allowed to pay the proposed initial deposit through the thirteen zonal officer’s of the state pilgrims welfare board, he said pilgrims shouldn’t pay money to any individual or group, Mr Labbo said.

Meanwhile, the Oyo State government has warned intending pilgrims in the state and their coordinators to be wary of fraudsters.

Chairman of the state pilgrims’ welfare board (Muslim wing), Professor Sayed Malik, gave this warning while briefing newsmen in his office at the Hajj Camp, Olodo, Ibadan.

Malik hinged this warning on complaints from intending pilgrims concerning registration for the next hajj exercise.

He stated that the board did not give any condition different from the existing ones for the registration and did not authorise any individual or organisation to collect hajj fare on its behalf.


Source: https://www.newtelegraphng.com/2019/11/pilgrims-to-pay-n1-5m-deposit-each-as-countdown-to-2020-hajj-begins/