By Bashir Rabe Mani
The Sokoto State Pilgrims Welfare Agency (PWA) has announced a flat rate of N1.52 million as the fare for the 2017 Hajj.
The Director-General of the agency, Alhaji Ibrahim Umar, made this known on Thursday at a meeting with the 23 Local Government Hajj Registration Officers and their assistants.
He said that the fare was approved by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).
Umar said that each intending participants would be entitled to 800 dollars Basic Travelling Allowance (BTA).
The director-general said, ”No provision was made for minimum and maximum Hajj fares as was the practice in the past.
”Prospective pilgrims from the state have already made initial deposits of N1million.
”They have been given two weeks deadline to pay the balance of the fare as stipulated by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).”
Umar said that intending pilgrims were also required to pay N38, 000 for those performing Hadaya through Ja’iz Bank.
He said that 5,571 prospective pilgrims were expected to perform the Hajj from the state. (NAN)