Bauchi Government Slashes Hajj Fare Hike by 50%

Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has granted a 50% subsidy, or N950,000 of the hajj fare increase, for each prospective pilgrim in the state.


In a statement issued on Friday, the governor said that, given the country’s economic suffering, he has permitted the payment of half of the recently raised hajj price.

“I paid N950,000 for each prospective pilgrim from Bauchi state, which is 50% of the increase. I’ve also asked the state commission to return pilgrims the amount we subsidized, as well as take action against those who did not pay theirs by the deadline.” The Governor announced.

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) increased the fare for this year’s pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia by N1,918,032.91, setting a deadline of March 28, 2024, and attributing the increase to the country’s ongoing forex crisis.

The federal government has released N90 billion to fund the 2024 pilgrimage to the Holy Land in an effort to alleviate the economic hardship that the fare rise may impose on intending pilgrims.

Other states, like as Kano, Kebbi, Kogi, and Ogun, have also offered payments to prospective pilgrims.

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