Bauchi – Bauchi State Government on Saturday announced the 2016 Hajj fares for all intending pilgrims in the state.
Alhaji Abdullahi Hardawa, Executive Secretary, State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board announced the fares in Bauchi in an interview with newsmen.
Hardawa said that the state government has approved N1,028, 68.92 as minimum fare, N1, 077, 318.92 for medium fare and N1,175, 818. 92 as maximum fare.
Hardawa said that all intending pilgrims from the state have already made minimum deposits of N850, 000.
He said that intending pilgrims wishing to pay for the minimum fare would pay a balance of N178,068.92, while those wishing to pay for the medium and maximum fares are expected to pay N227,318.92 and N325,818.92 balance respectively.
Hardawa said that all the intending pilgrims are expected to complete payment in their respective registration centres before the end of Ramadan Fast to enable the board complete necessary arrangements.
He urged all intending pilgrims to hasten the settlement of their balances in good time to enable the board remit same to the Nigerian Hajj Commission (NAHCON) on schedule.
Hardawa noted that defaulters risk forfeiting their chances to embark on the trip as NAHCON had also fixed deadline for remittance of the fare.
He commended the Federal Government for concessionary measures it had made in approving 2016 Hajj fare in spite of depreciation of naira against the US dollars.
The executive secretary, however, commended the state government for providing the necessary support to the board in ensuring the success of the hajj. (NAN)