NAHCON sets 2024 Hajj cost amid fluctuating dollar

It is worth recalling that Malam Jalal Ahmad Arabi, the Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), initially aimed to uphold the 2024 Hajj fare at the initial deposit of N4.5 million.

This intention seemed feasible until the notable depreciation of the Naira mid-week. Unfortunately, the recent fluctuation in the Dollar exchange rate necessitated a mandatory adjustment, despite commendable efforts by NAHCON Chairman Jalal Ahmad Arabi to maintain the cost of this year’s Hajj at the initially proposed rate.


Chairman Arabi actively engaged in negotiations with service providers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in late January, seeking substantial discounts to alleviate costs for intending pilgrims. However, the volatile currency situation within the week compelled the Commission to make a decisive decision to consolidate the gains achieved in lowering the cost of services for the Hajj. Without this adjustment, the price of the 2024 Muslim pilgrimage might have surged to approximately N6,000,000 (six million Naira).

As a result, intending pilgrims from Nigeria’s Southern center are now required to pay N4,899,000, those from the Northern center will pay N4,699,000, and pilgrims from Yola and Maiduguri center will pay a fee of N4,679,000 for the 2024 Hajj.

Expressing regret, Chairman Arabi stated that this outcome is the will of Allah, as the Commission, facing a tight deadline of 25th February, has limited time to explore further options to remain within the range of N4.5 million, which he diligently worked for. Consequently, NAHCON announces the feasible cost of Hajj to meet the impending remittance deadline. Intending pilgrims are advised to balance their fare by Monday, 12th of February, to enable the Commission to transfer the funds before the imminent deadline.

NAHCON assures the public of its commitment to ensuring a smooth and successful Hajj pilgrimage for all participants despite the challenges posed by foreign exchange factors. The Commission appreciates the understanding and cooperation of the Nigerian Muslim community during these times.

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