NAHCON debunks announcing final fares for 2019 Hajj.
- Ignore claims on social media, MURIC cautions
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has debunked alleged increase in the 2019 hajj fare on social media, noting that the commission has not approved final fare for intending pilgrims.
Besides, NAHCON categorically declared that it has not authorized any states pilgrims welfare board to announce fares for the 2019 hajj.
The unverified message had gone viral on social media stating hajj fare has now been pegged at N1.8 million.
However, the commission insisted the indices that determine the final fare for hajj were yet to be arrived at by the state pilgrims’ bureaus and other stakeholders.
A statement issued by NAHCON spokesperson, Fatima Sanda Usara, said pilgrims registration requires tentative deposit of N1.5 million in bank draft, with any certified state Muslim pilgrims’ boards, agencies or commissions.
“We wish to draw attention of Nigeria’s 2019 Muslim intending pilgrims in particular and the general public that NAHCON has not authorised any state Muslim pilgrims’ board to announce hajj fare for 2019.
“However, registration of pilgrims commenced in November 2018. The registration requires a tentative deposit of N1.5 million. The deposit can be done fully or by installments and a copy of the draft presented to the respective state board.
“Intending pilgrims are warned not to pay cash to any agent or board member as payment is strictly through the banks,” the statement reads.
The hajj commission had released an updated list of approved 2019 licensed Tour Operators with the corresponding number of slots allocated to each.
This followed a two-day hearing and verification of claims by NAHCON Committee on Consideration of Appeals by Appellant Companies for this year’s hajj.
A total of 115 out of 147 companies that applied for the licenses have so far been approved to participate in the year’s Umrah and Hajj exercises. The applications were submitted online.
Meanwhile, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has urged Nigerians, especially Muslims to ignore claims that NAHCON had increased hajj fare to N1.8 million.
MURIC in a statement issued yesterday by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, described the allegation as the handiwork of mischievous elements, who have a hidden agenda.