Senate wants N200/$ exchange rate for Hajj pilgrims

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The Senate has asked the Presidency to sell dollar at a lower exchange rate of N200 to all intending Hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia and Christian counterparts to Jerusalem this year.

The Senate made the call after adopting the report of a committee which investigates the high fare charged by the National Hajj commission of Nigeria for this year’s Hajj.

This was part of the recommendations by the Committee on Foreign Affairs on “The Extortion of Pilgrims by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria’’ presented by the Chairman, Sen. Monsurat Sunmonu, at plenary.

“This is with a view to providing opportunities for more indigenous Nigerian airlines to participate in the Hajj operations. This will give Nigeria varieties in choosing the air carrier.

“The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria should expedite action on the establishment of Hajj Savings Schemes in compliance with Section 7(1 and 2) of the NAHCON Act.

“The Nigeria Government and its economic team must do everything possible to improve on the Nigerian monetary policy which would guarantee a long-time stable relationship of the Naira with other currencies,” she said.

The N1.2 million Hajj fare based on the official exchange rate has resulted in low registration for this year’s Hajj by intending pilgrims.

The Senate asked the Presidency to give concessional exchange rate to the intending pilgrims every year.

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