Daily Metro News NG
In the build up to 2022 Hajj exercise, the Chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Alh. Zikrullah Kunle Hassan, has informed intending pilgrims and stakeholders that there would be an increase in the cost of hajj this year.
The chairman said this while speaking at a meeting with Chief executives of state Muslim pilgrims welfare boards, agencies and commissions yesterday in Abuja, he said the increment became necessary due to an increase in value added tax (VAT) from 5% to 15% as announced by the Minister of Finance in Saudi Arabia on the 11th of May, 2020. This he said translated in the increase of the prices of other services provided to pilgrims. Another factor that contributed to the increment is the fluctuation in Nigeria’s foreign exchange market.
Alh. Hassan said preparations are in top gear to make the hajj exercise a success. He assured intending pilgrims of an improved facilities with the provision of new inter city buses, new houses etc for the comfort of pilgrims.
At the meeting yesterday were Alh. Abdullahi Magaji Hardawa (Commisioner in charge of Operation, Licensing and Tour Operator), Alh. Mohammed Nura Yakassai (Commissioner in charge of Policy, Personnel, Management and Finance), Dr. Abdullahi Rabiu Kotangora (Secretary of the Commission) as well as representatives of state boards, agencies and commissions.