*Says only payment of deposits can guarantee better place in Masha’ir
*Hails Tour Operators for collaboration
The chairman/CEO National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Malam Jalal Ahmad Arabi has declared that there will not be uniform Hajj fare this year, stating that the cheaper a state’s cost of accommodation and feeding, the cheaper the state’s Hajj fare.
He urged state chairmen, executive secretaries to take advantage of the service providers’ open market to negotiate cost effective services for their pilgrims.
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Arabi stated this during a meeting with stakeholders after the signing of MoU with Saudi Arabia on 2024 Hajj, signaling Nigeria’s participation in the forthcoming spiritual event.
According to a statement signed by Hajia Fatima Sanda Usara, with reads in part:
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“Malam Jalal Arabi drew attention to the reality of insufficient time therefore urged everyone to redouble efforts so that the teams can soon seal deals on most vital aspects of Hajj. The meetings lasted until after 1:30 am Saudi Arabian time on Monday 7th January.
“Major highlights of the meetings include:
a- Relay of information from the Minister of Hajj and Umrah that the only way NAHCON would be guaranteed proximity to Jamrat in Mina is through early payment of deposit:
b- That the predicament of space in Mina is not a NAHCON concern alone, the Kingdom is looking at ways of expanding the capacity of tent city.
c- All State Executives Secretaries or Chairmen were guided to take advantage of the service providers’ open market to negotiate cost effective services for their pilgrims. The NAHCON Chairman informed the meeting that there will not be uniformed Hajj fare this year: the cheaper a state’s cost of accommodation and feeding, the cheaper the state’s Hajj fare.
“States are to plan their individual menus which would be used during negotiations.
e- He cautioned members at the meeting that the team of NAHCON’s facilities’ inspectors will not compromise standards.
“NAHCON to Tour Operators:
“1-The Chairman appreciated the maturity exhibited by the Private Tour Operators for their collaboration to work together as a way of moving forward. He reminded them to commit their agreements on paper for future reference.
“2- Tour Operators were admonished to
explore liberalization of Mutawwif services in settling for those that would best serve their pilgrims.
“3- To the NAHCON staff,
Redouble efforts. Work with updated guidelines.
Further preparatory engagements continue with working visit to Mutawwif company better known as Mu’assasa, GACA, Car Syndicate for Pilgrims’ transportation, Adillah in Madina among others. The Chairman and other members are expected to strike good bargains on behalf of Nigerian pilgrims that would reduce cost of the 2024 Hajj fare
NAHCON will continue to update its several stakeholders on its activities for transparency and inclusivity.