The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, has announced additional reduction of 200 Riyals from 2019 Hajj fare for pilgrims of Zamfara state.

A statement by the commission’s spokesperson, Fatima Sanda-Usara, said the discount followed renegotiation with the state’s accommodation owner in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

According to her, the amount, which is equivalent to N16,492.08, has decreased the Zamfara state fares to N1,467,896.57 for 2019 Hajj.

“This step has paved the way for the intending pilgrims in the state to save extra cash from the earlier announced cost.

“The commission also seizes this medium to appreciate and congratulate the Zamfara State Muslim Pilgrims’ Welfare Board for its endeavour in mobilising intending pilgrims despite challenges experienced in the state and for the commendable arrangements already in place for the airlift of registered pilgrims to the holy land,” Mrs Sanda-Usara said.

She added that intending pilgrims from the state are encouraged to contact the state’s Muslim pilgrims’ welfare board in order to get reimbursed.

“As for those who have already departed for the pilgrimage, the Commission assures them that their reductions will be credited to them appropriately,” Mrs Sanda-Usara urged.

The commission commended the Matawalle administration for the support and understanding exhibited in the course of further bargaining.