The Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board (SMPWB) has announced N1.5million as 2019 Hajj fare for intending pilgrims in the state.
This was disclosed by the board’s Public Relations Officer, Malam Yunusa Abdullahi, through a statement on Saturday in Kaduna.
He explained that this follows the resolution of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), that approved N1, 549,297.09 as the 2019 Hajj fare for the state intending pilgrims to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
He added that the state overseer of the board, Imam Hussaini Ikara, explained that the fare would cover expenses, including accommodation in Makkah and Madinah.
Abdullahi also said that all pilgrims were to receive 800 Dollars as Basic Travelling Allowance (BTA). “No provision was made for minimum and or maximum BTA as practised in the past.
“People who have performed hajj in the last four years are to pay additional charges of 2,000 Saudi Riyals, equivalent of over N162, 000.
“Already, prospective pilgrims from the state have made deposits of between N800,000 and N1.5m with the board.
“All the intending pilgrims are expected to obtain customised bank teller at their respective Local Government registration centres before making the payment.’’