Nigeria: New Hajj Commission chair promises reduction of hajj fare
London, Jan. 30, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The incoming chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON, Barrister Zikirullah Hassan has promised to ensure the reduction of Hajj fares being paid by Nigerian pilgrims.
Barrister Hassan made this known during his screening by the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs in Abuja.
He said the current Hajj fare needed to be reviewed downward, in the interest of the masses who wished to perform the Holy pilgrimage.
“One of those key elements that has made Hajj unaffordable is the fact that we are not in a position to control the price and I know we need a savings scheme on that. The Hajj savings scheme I believe, will be the answer to be able to regulate the Hajj fare increase. If Malaysia and Indonesia can do so, there is no reason we cannot do even better,” he said.
Reduction of the duration
The incoming chairman also promised to look into reduction of the duration of stay for pilgrims in Saudi Arabia during pilgrimage.
”Hajj rites last for between five and six days but Nigerian pilgrims were being made to spend an average of 40 days in Saudi Arabia.
“I know it is beyond us but we must find a way to think out of the box to reduce the number of days to be spend in the Holy Land,” he said.
Chairman of the Committee, Senator Adamu Bulkachuwa, said the committee would be carrying out thorough supervision on NAHCON with a view to assisting the commission to effectively discharge its duties.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on December 3, 2019, forwarded names of nominees for confirmation by the Senate for the positions of Chairman and Members of the National Hajj Commission.