Saudi Arabia has imposed a compulsory levy equivalent of N163,000 on each forex forum saudi arabia Nigerian pilgrim, who has performed Hajj or Umrah in the last two years. It is exclusive of the substantive fare for the 2018 Hajj which is yet to be announced by the federal government. The levy, according to him, was announced by the Saudi Arabian Hajj Ministry and it became fully effective during the 2017 Hajj exercise.
The Chairman, who was represented by the National Commissioner in Charge of Operations, Alhaji Abdullahi Sale, said that the campaign was organized to intimate the nation’s prospective pilgrims. This is on the need to ensure the early completion of their hajj fares on or before the end of March, 2018, as it would enable the commission and the various PWA, to make early and efficient arrangements. He said that the event was also organized to intimate the prospective pilgrims on the introduction of biometric data capturing of all Umrah and Hajj pilgrims by the Saudi Arabian authorities. The Chairman, Forum of PWA in Nigeria, Alhaji Abubakar Sarkin Fawa Danbo, commended the commission for organizing the event, saying that various PWAs jn Nigeria were working round the clock to ensure the success of the 2018 hajj exercise.
Alhaji Muntari Maigona, PWA Chairman Sokoto state, called on the commission to allow the various states pilgrims welfare agencies to deploy medical Doctors and other medical staff to accompany the pilgrims during the hajj exercise. He lamented that the existing arrangements on pilgrims feeding should be improved, while the companies in charge of such gesture should be increased. So, 24 states houses of assembly are still working on it, many of them are already holding public hearing on it. That is what is going on. For example, Sokoto State just conducted public hearing on the bill between Tuesday and Thursday last week. Gombe has just called for memorandum from its citizens on Local Government Autonomy Bill.