The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has said it was working to cut fares for this year’s pilgrimage.
NAHCON says it plans to reduce fares to the barest minimum due to current economic challenges.
Chairman of the commission, Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammed said this yesterday in Abuja.
Alhaji Mukhtar was receiving a delegation of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) when he made the statement.
“We are optimistic that we are going to make the 95,000 pilgrims quota.
“We have developed strategies to minimize costs including dealing with the landlords directly instead of through the agents.
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“This will also save the country and the government foreign exchange which is scarce now,” Mukhtar said.
He also added that NAHCON will also explore other avenues on reducing cost.
He maintained that the commission will ensure that pilgrims are charged based on the value of accommodation and other services rendered.
On his part the Executive Secretary of the NCPC, Reverend Uja Tor Uja said Nigeria has been investing in the pilgrimage project.
He said the pilgrims, therefore, deserves positive returns from pilgrimage.
Mukhtar said the plan to cut costs for pilgrims has become imperative due to the high exchange rates.