KATSINA – The Katsina State Pilgrims Welfare Board has announced the final 2014 hajj fares for intending pilgrims. The board’s Executive Director, Alhaji Ahmad Hassan, made this known when he briefed newsmen in Katsina on Sunday. Hassan said the board also paid N1.1 billion to the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) as part payment for the 4,439 hajj seats allocated to the state.
He said the state Government approved N689,061 as minimum fare with 750 dollars as Basic Travelling Allowance (BTA), N726,561 as medium fare with 1,000 dollars BTA. The maximum fare is N804,561 and it attracts 1,500 dollars BTA.
Hassan urged the intending pilgrims to hasten settlement of their remaining balance in good time to enable the board pay the NAHCON the remaining 50 per cent of the fares. According to him, this will enable the government to secure and guarantee the state’s allocation.
He explained that the seats had already been allocated to the 34 local governments areas in the state where balloting were conducted among the intending pilgrims to ensure justice and fairness.
The executive director said pregnancy tests for female intending pilgrims had been conducted, and that a workshop and vaccination would take place after the Ramadan fasting.
He said the board had secured befitting accommodation for intending pilgrims at Mecca and Medina.
The director commended the state government for providing all the necessary support to NAHCON in ensuring the success of the hajji. (NAN)