The Lagos arm of the Muslim Pilgrims’ Welfare Board has announced a tentative fare for the 2018 Hajj exercise.
This was revealed by the Executive Secretary, Mr Muftau Okoya of the board, who also stated that the forms for the exercise are already on sale.
He also stated that the reason for the early sales is to ensure early preparations and avoid the hiccups gotten from the last minute rush.
He made this known in a statement which reads, “Intending pilgrims are to collect forms from the Board’s office in Ikeja at the cost N10,000.”
“In respect of the Hajj fare, an initial deposit of N1.3 million has been approved, pending when the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) will release the official price. He advised intending pilgrims to make payment on time to avoid logistics challenges experienced during the last operation.”
“We have commenced preparations early to avoid some of such challenges.”
“The policy of first-come-first-served will be applied in the allocation of pilgrims to hotels, tents and other facilities by NAHCON,” he said.
He noted that the challenges encountered in the 2017 Hajj was as a result of the fact that the increase in the number of allocations of persons did not commensurate the upgrade in facilities that were on ground.
“Our greatest challenge in the last operation was in Muna.”
“There was an upsurge in the number of pilgrims because Saudi authorities admitted too many pilgrims to the detriment of the available facilities.”
“So the facilities were overstretched to the extent that Lagos pilgrims encountered the problem of accommodation in Muna.”
“But Lagos State pilgrims put their maturity to test by ensuring that these challenges were overcome with patience and understanding,” he said.