“We Don’t Have Extra Payment”: Intending Pilgrims Demand Refund After Over N6.8m Hajj Fare

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Following the decision of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) to increase the 2024 hajj fare by N1.9 million, many intending pilgrims have asked the state Muslim pilgrims’ welfare boards to refund their deposits.

Daily Trust reported that prominent civil society organisations and stakeholders, on Monday, March 25, called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to save this year’s hajj from “flopping.”

Recall that NAHCON announced a rise in the cost of the pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia for 2024.

The increase amounts to N1,918,032.91, as disclosed by the commission’s spokesperson, Fatima Sanda Usara, in a statement issued on Sunday, March 24.

The commission has announced a March 28, 2024, deadline for prospective pilgrims to complete their payments. In a statement by Fatima Sanda Usara, assistant director, public affairs, NAHCON said the increment was due to high forex exchange rate, The Nation reported.

However, on Sunday, the commission asked those who had paid the initial amount to add N1.9 million, raising the total amount to N6.8 million. 

Those who already paid N4.9 million demanded refund

 In Kano, there is uncertainty among intending pilgrims on the actual fare for the 2024 hajj exercise. Officials at the Kano State Pilgrims’ Board said they were yet to decide but an agreement was billed to be reached within the next 24 hours.

In Kwara state, sources at the pilgrims’ board disclosed that many people have turned up to seek a refund, noting, they would not be able to raise the balance. 

“As I am talking to you, not more than 50 people have turned up to pay the balance today and we have just two days after today (Monday) for intending pilgrims to complete the money,” a source said. In Lagos, it was reported that many people turned up on Monday, to seek a refund, saying they don’t have the extra payment. 

“Some people came and said they can’t get that money while we have people who have equally turned up to complete the payment.

 It is a mixture that we are having. We still have today (Monday), tomorrow and next tomorrow,” an official said.

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