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No uniform fares for 2017 Hajj – FG

NAHCON secures $12.3m reduction in accommodation fares

There would be no uniform fare for 2017 Hajj operations, the Federal Government has declared. Stating this through its agency, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), the government maintained that the reduction it secured in the cost of Makkah and Madinah accommodation would affect positively the 2017 Hajj fare.

NAHCON had, in a bid to reduce the cost of Hajj for 2017, negotiated a dip in the cost of accommodation to be used by the Nigerian pilgrims in Makkah for this year.

Spokesperson for NAHCON, Uba Mana, said in a statement that the commission, whose team of inspectors and negotiators were in Saudi Arabia, recently, had by this ensured that there would be no hike in price for pilgrims’ accommodation in Makkah, the way it was also recorded for Madinah accommodation.

“By this success too, pilgrims will pay between 500 to 900 Riyals less for 2017 Hajj in Makkah, while in Madinah they will pay 614 Riyals less for even better accommodation.

“The reduction in the cost of Makkah and Madinah accommodation will therefore affect positively the 2017 Hajj fare even as that of Makkah means that there would be no uniform Hajj fare for 2017 Hajj.

“The previous regime of pegging the benchmark of the accommodation at SR4, 000 is over and each house will be paid for based on its merit and the laid down criteria by the Commission namely, proximity to the Haram, facilities and age of each accommodation,” Mana said.

The development, he said, was a laudable initiative the commission is implementing to save the country and the pilgrims some funds under the current economic recession.

He said results from the Madinah accommodation negotiations show that over $12.3 million will be saved as compared to previous years.

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