Ogun may not fill 2017 Hajj quota as intending pilgrims groans over fare


Ogun state may not be able to fill its quota of 1,353 allotted to it by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) for this year’s Hajj in Saudi Arabia.

Most of the intending pilgrims for the forthcoming Hajj are finding it difficult to pay the approved N1.5 million fare for the annual pilgrimage, coming up in August.

As at Monday, June 19, less than 100 of intending pilgrims had fully paid the N1.5 million fare to the Ogun State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board.

A top official of the board told Rockcity FM that more than 700 are still paying the fare on instalment which were expected to have been completed last May 12.

The official said there is the possibility that Ogun state may not be able to fill a half of the quota allotted to it by NAHCON.

The general complaint of the prospective Hajj pilgrims is that the fare is too high, considering the fare of one million and 80 thousand naira paid for the 2016 Hajj exercise.

One of the intending Hajj pilgrims, Kamorudeen Adio, already screened by the Ogun state board, and paying the fare instalmentally, told Rockcity FM that himself and six others are considering seeking a refund of the money already paid.

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