Chris Steven, Abuja
The Federal Capital Territory Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board has release this years hajj fare to Saudi Arabia.
A statement from the Public Relations Officer of the Board, Muhammad Lawal Aliyu said Intending Pilgrims from the FCT are to pay One million, five hundred and forty eight thousand six hundred and fivety one naira, ten kobo (N1,548,651.10k) only.
According to Muhammad Lawal Aliyu all pilgrims from the territory would get a flat Basic Travel Allowance (BTA) of eight hundred US dollars ($800.00) across the board as fixed by NAHCON.
He said the release of the hajj fare was sequel to the release of its approved hajj fare for this year’s pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).
He explained that the increase in the fare above that of last year was as a result of increase of cost of services in Saudi Arabia in addition to exchange rate of naira to a dollar.
The spokeperson reemphasised the
determination of the board to do all within its powers to provide a befitting services to those who participate the 2019 hajj through it.
He disclosed that, the staff of the board underwent thorough trainings to enhance their productivity in handling hajj affairs considering its importance to each and every Muslim.
The spokesperson disclosed that intending Pilgrims who have made deposit are to immediately balance their payment before 31st of this month to enable the board meets up with the deadline for the balance of payment for this year’s hajj fare by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).
Similarly, the statement warned intending pilgrims who are yet to submit their completed application forms and e-passports to do so before the deadline or have themselves to blame.
He also, advised residents who have the intention of performing the hajj through the board to get registered with the officials of the board across the six area council secretariats of the territory via a bank draft of the hajj fare package before the end of the month.