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Lagos Government Calls For Stakeholders’ Meeting Over Increased Hajj Fare

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The Lagos State Government has called for a meeting with stakeholders of the Y2022 Hajj to Mecca over the increased fares to the Holy Land by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria.

Stakeholders expected to attend the meeting includes, intending Pilgrims, officials of NAHCON, and officials of the Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board.

In a statement obtained by AN24, the Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs, Prince Anofiu O. Elegushi, said the date for the meeting will be communicated when fixed but confirmed that it will come up shortly after the Eid-El-Fitr Celebrations.

The statement was tagged: RE: Increased Hajj Fares By National Hajj Commission Of Nigeria (NAHCON).

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The statement reads in part, “This is with a view to discussing and rubbing minds on the increase in the Hajj Fare as announced by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) in respect of the Y2022 Hajj to the Holy Land.
“We, therefore, implore our Intending Pilgrims in the State to attend this very important stakeholders meeting when called, in order to clarify issues and clear other grey areas.

He also noted the reason for the increment saying, “Upon preliminary inquiry, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has explained that the increase was necessitated by (1) an increase in Foreign Exchange (FOREX) rate, (2) Value Added Tax from Saudi Arabia, and (3) Cost of Aviation Fuel for the Carriers.”

 

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