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Saudi Arabia allocates 43,000 Hajj seats to Nigeria

The Executive secretary of Kano state pilgrims welfare Board, Alhaji Mohammad Abba Danbatta says 43,000 Hajj seats have been allocated to Nigeria for this year’s Hajj operations.

Alhaji Danbatta made the disclosure during a press briefing on the update of Hajj operations.

He said the National Hajj Commission has informed all the states pilgrims board of the recent development.

He explained that the slot was against the 95,000 allocations approved for the country in the previous years.

“With the 43,000 allocations, NAHCON is expected to distribute the seats among the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT,” Alhaji Danbatta said.

The Executive Secretary said the National Hajj Commission was yet to announce this year’s hajj fares, stressing that soon, the final fares will be announced.

“From all indications, there will be little increase on the Hajj fares compared to that of last year,” he stated.

“Saudi Arabia has introduced the value-added tax in all monetary transactions. As such, this increase will replicate on all hajj activities.”

Alhaji Danbatta added that the kano state Pilgrim’s welfare board will not relent in ensuring that the welfare of pilgrims was well attended to, since the aim is to have a successful Hajj operations.

Reporting by Abdullahi Jalalauddeen; editing by Daniel Adejo and Tony Okerafor