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Breaking: The governor of Jigawa state offers a N1 million incentive for those planning to perform the Hajj

Apr 2, 2024 | Politics | 0 comments

Jigawa State Governor Umar Namadi has declared N1 million as a grant for pilgrims from the state planning to perform the Hajj.

Jigawa Pilgrims Welfare Board spokesperson Murtala Usman made the revelation public on Monday.

According to Usman, the subsidy is available to Jigawa pilgrims who have already paid their deposits for the 2024 Hajj activity, which will take place in Mecca.

Thanks to this subsidy, each aspiring pilgrim now needs to pay about N900,000, a substantial reduction from the original sum.

Only 1,260 of the 1,518 tickets that the NAHCON had originally allotted for Jigawa State were actually sold to pilgrims who had finished their payment.

“The governor’s subsidy gesture is applicable to those who deposited their amount prior to the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria’s abrupt increase of N1.9 million in Hajj fare,” he stated.

NAHCON gave Jigawa State 1,518 tickets, but only 1,260 of those seats were sold to intended pilgrims who made the necessary payments.

The governor’s subsidy is available to people who made their deposits before NAHCON abruptly increased the Hajj fare by N1.9 million.

Citing changes in the international exchange rate, NAHCON had increased the Hajj charges.

Due to the increase, over 49,000 pilgrims who had previously paid N4.9 million in fees apiece must now pay an extra N1.9 million by March 28. The new registration cost was also established at N8.5 million.

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