The National HAJJ commission (NAHCON) has announced the initial Hajj deposit against 2024 Hajj exercise at N4.5m. The chairman of the commission Alh. Zikrullah kunle Hassan, made the disclosure during a Press briefing at Hajj House Tuesday in Abuja.
While fielding questions from journalists, the NAHCON chairman, attributed the hike in Hajj fare to foreign exchange rate of the US dollar against the Naira.
In another development, Saudi authorities have henceforth, directed its Ministry for Hajj affairs to stop issuance of visa 50 days to Arafat, as against the old tradition of issuing visa even few days to the commencement of Hajj rites.
Speaking on the challenges encountered during 2023 hajj operation, concerning the feeding of pilgrims while at Muna and Arafat, the chairman stated that, the commission had already written to the service providers in Saudi Arabia for refund, so that the affected pilgrims will be compensated.