N2.5m Only: Nigeria Announces Price for 2022 Hajj
Real reason pilgrims from north will pay less than counterparts from south – NAHCON
Intending pilgrims to the 2022 hajj departing from the southern part of Nigeria will pay N2,496,815.29 each, while those leaving from the northern part of Nigeria will pay N2,449,607.89 each.
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) made the announcement on Saturday in Abuja, stating that the cost of airfare is responsible for the different prices to be paid.
NAHCON said those departing from Adamawa and Borno will pay N2,408,197.89 because of their proximity to Saudi Arabia.
Intending pilgrims will also get their COVID-19 PCR test done at a discounted rate of N30,000.
Its chairman and chief executive officer, Zikrullah Hassan, said that the commission had requested an increase in the number of pilgrims from Nigeria and was awaiting a response from Saudi Arabia.
He urged pilgrims’ welfare commissions at the state level to continue to work on the number of pilgrims allocated to them rather than wait for an increased allocation.
He stated that while visas for officials and pilgrims in the inaugural flight were ready, states should start visa processing for all categories of registered pilgrims.
Mr Hassan also stated that the Nigeria Immigration Service promised to assist states having problems processing travel passports for pilgrims.