The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), yesterday attributed the hike in Hajj fare to recession and devaluation of naira against major currencies.
NAHCON Commissioner for Policy, Personnel Management and Finance, IBRAHIM YUSUF, made the assertion in Ilorin, Kwara State, at a sensitisation programme for stakeholders.
He said intending pilgrims would have paid about 700,000 naira, if the value of naira had not fallen at the international market.
The NAHCON commissioner added that there was remarkable reduction in the cost of transportation, accommodation, and feeding in Saudi Arabia when compared to 2016 Hajj.
YUSUF said the 2017 Hajj fare would have gone above 2million naira, but for the efforts of the commission in negotiating for lower rates directly for accommodation in Makkah and Madinah.