The Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Mr. Rahman Ishola has disclosed that the board has pegged the fare for performing the Y2021 Umrah (lesser Hajj) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Ishola who disclosed this on Tuesday noted that the fare was pegged at N1.37 million, as the least package fees.
He stated that the exercise which comes up during the last 10 days of the Holy month of Ramadan has two different packages that the intending pilgrims can choose from.
In his words, “The first package at a cost of N1.37 million includes stay at a Three-Star Hotel; Sahur (Morning meal) and Iftar (Evening meal) in Nigerian delicacies; Economy Class ticket with a reputable airline; Executive and convenient local transportation; five days stay in Madinah, including three days isolation period; COVID-19 tests in Makkah and Madinah; visitation to historical sites and two-to-a-room accommodation”.
“The subscribers to the second package at a cost of N2.7 million would be accommodated at the Five-Star Ajyad Makareem Hotel in Makkah and Coral Hotel in Madinah. This is in addition to other benefits contained in the first package like Sahur and Iftar among others”, Ishola added.
Mr. Rahman Ishola explained that the implementation of COVID-19 protocols by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health was the reason for increase in fare.
Pointing that the Umrah exercise will take place between the 27th of April and 15th of May 2021, the Board Secretary asked Muslims to seize the opportunity provided by the Board to make their payment as soon as possible also asking those who had already made initial deposits to pay up the balance for the package.
Meanwhile, he noted that there is a laid down order that points that COVID-19 vaccination is necessary for the pilgrimage.