Dollars would be sold to pilgrims at N146 to a dollar.
The Ogun State Muslims Pilgrims Welfare Board said on Saturday that the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) would subsidise foreign exchange rate for intending pilgrims for this year’s hajj.
The Executive Secretary of the board, Sefiu Rasheed, made the announcement in a statement he issued in Abeokuta.
Mr. Rasheed said that NAHCON had approved a subsidised rate of N146, instead of N160 to a dollar exchange rate for basic travelling allowances for the intending pilgrims.
The statement urged intending pilgrims to utilise the opportunity of the subsidised exchange rate by the Federal Government.
It also urged all eligible intending pilgrims to turn up for medical screening and inoculation exercise from August 20 to August 22 or forfeit their slots.
Mr. Rasheed said that the medical screening was meant to ascertain the state of health of intending pilgrims and to ensure adequate care for them in Saudi Arabia.
NAHCON has also approved N146, 000 as the minimum travelling allowance for the state’s pilgrims and N224, 000 as maximum.
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