Chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Barrister Abdullahi Mukhtar has sounded a word of warning to Ekiti State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, against the use of agents for the payment of hajj fares.
This is coming as some pilgrims from the state complained of paying through agents and were not given the Basic Travelling Allowance, BTA.
Mukhtar, who gave the warning while addressing pilgrims of the state in their Mina tent, said the use of agents for payment of hajj fare was illegal, hence the need to eliminate it.
He said no state uses agent and Ekiti should stop use of any intermediary.
Some of the pilgrims complained that they were given $750 with the hajj fare of N1.2million instead of $1,000.
Mukhtar assured the pilgrims that it would work with the Ekiti board to review the BTA and where it found out that the pilgrims were shortchanged, it would refund $250.
On complains about accommodation, the chairman promised to investigate and if he found that their accommodation was changed, they would be refunded part of the money paid.
He therefore directed the chairman and secretary of the Ekiti board along with complainants to come to his Makkah office for clarification.

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