The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) is set to increase the fare for Nigerian pilgrims by over 50 per cent .
NAHCON Chairman, Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan disclosed this during a meeting with executives of the state pilgrims board for the preparation of the 2022 hajj.
He said that the projection of the increase was due to the present economic situation in the country.
He pointed out that as of 2019, the exchange rate for hajj was N306 but it is now at N410 to a dollar and hajj is 97 per cent by foreign exchange for food, airlines, and others.
According to Zikrullah , Saudi Arabia has increased their VAT from 5 per cent to 15 per cent, as a result of the massive investment in Mina and Arafa.
Pilgrims are required to be fully vaccinated with a booster shot, and selection would be made based on a first-come, first-served basis, with a sharing formula of 40 per cent for the regular hajj and 60 per cent for those on Hajj Savings Scheme.
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