2017 Hajj: NAHCON counters tour operator’s claim of cheaper package

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, says a claim via an excursion operator to provide Nigerian Muslims a less expensive package for the 2017 Hajj is fake.
HASHA Travel and Tour, considered one of NAHCON’s accepted excursion operators, is offering N1.25 million fare with $500 stipend. The fare, however, does no longer include feeding.
Baba Mohammed, chairman of the HASHA Travel and Tour, stated pilgrims additionally have an alternative of accumulating $300 to move for medical screening at a Saudi German medical institution.
“The fare is precisely N1.250 million and a pilgrim has an option of amassing $300 and opt for medical screening at Saudi German at a price of $two hundred instead of the Hospital charge of $250,” he said.
“Secondly, the package deal is just for weeks, this brings down the price of resort unlike the states so one can be there for approximately four weeks.
“Thirdly, the price of flight tickets is set $1,000 that’s lower than the states’ airfare. Again, no feeding beside in Mina and Arafat among different matters that made the price to be decrease than that of NAHCON,” he delivered.
But, Abdullahi Mukhtar, chairman of NAHCON, who spoke on BBC Hausa program, Rajai Riga Ne, said such claim couldn’t be true.
“We had an assembly with the organization that advertised N1.25 million bundle. The corporation has no contract file with Ethiopian Airline. The organization has no contract settlement in Makkah or Madinah,” he said.


Mr. Mukhtar stated the $1,000 Ethiopian Airline price tag fare as claimed by means of the excursion organization become not also sensible.
He stated on-line buy of Ethiopian Airline price ticket to Saudi Arabia from July finishing to August is positioned at $1,700.
“I spoke with Ethiopian airline, they stated they have got no longer presented to all of us the 2017 Hajj fare ticket,” he stated.
He stated 98% of Hajj fare is determined in US greenbacks, therefore it contributed to the permitted N1.5 million fare by the commission which includes airline price ticket, accommodation issue in Madinah and Makkah, Muna, Arafat, and Muzdhalifa. Other additives consist of shipping, feeding and Basic Travel Allowance.
Mr. Mukhtar stated Airline price tag for each intending pilgrim from the Northern States is $1,600, “with a moderate distinction of about $50 less for intending pilgrims from Borno and Adamawa states.”
The ticket for those from the complete Southern a part of u. S . Is $1,seven-hundred.
He introduced that, $933 is for accommodation in step with intending pilgrim in Makkah, at the same time as $430 is charged for Madinah.
A senator, Ahmed Macau, who also featured at the program, called on the Federal Government to check out the issue of excessive trade fee.
“This 2017 Hajj fare should be reduced in an effort to alleviate the struggling of intending pilgrims and to manage to pay for them the possibility to fulfill one of the 5 pillars of Islam,” he said.

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