The Chairman, CEO, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, (NAHCON), Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan has released the cost of 2023 hajj across regions just as he disclosed that the inaugural flight for this year pilgrimage will hold on Sunday May 21, 2023, adding that the Hajj Savings Scheme portal is closed for the year.
Alhaji Hassan stated this during a meeting with Chief Executives of State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board/ Agencies/ Commission held in the Conference Hall of the Hajj House in Abuja, Friday.
He said the deadline for remittance of all hajj levies for both pilgrims travelling under the hajj savings scheme and the traditional method alike will close on April 21.
According to him, the Hajj fare for Maiduguiri and Yola is N2,890,000 while intending pilgrims from other Northern states will have to pay N2919,000.
In the South south, Intending Pilgrims from Cross Rivers States will pay N2,943,000 while those from other South South States will pay N2,968,000.
In the South West, intending pilgrims from Ekiti and Ondo states will pay N2,880,000; those from Osun State will pay N2,993,00 while pilgrims from Lagos and Ogun states will pay N2,999,000.
Also, the South East pilgrims will pay N2,968,000. He further stated that the Basic Travelling Allowance of $800 is inclusive of all the fare.
Hassan also stated that the president has approved the following airlines Max Air, Aero contractors, Azman Air and peace Air with the Saudi airline Flynas, as the official airlines to convey Nigerian pilgrims to the holy land.
Also the pilgrims that will go through Private Tour operators will have to use Arik Air and Value Jet Chattered airlines. This is a new development as the Tour Operators hitherto use international airlines.