Nigerian pilgrims lament poor food quality in Saudi Arabia despite N90bn Hajj subsidy

Some Nigerian pilgrims have complained bitterly in regards to the poor high quality of meals in Saudi Arabia.

The Nationwide Hajj Fee of Nigeria (NAHCON) on Friday, stated that 18,061 Nigerian pilgrims have been airlifted to the Holy Land to carry out the 2024 Hajj.

The pilgrims had paid N6.8 million as Hajj fare, nevertheless, others who registered late paid N8.5 million.

This sparked outrage because the intending pilgrims demanded refunds. Nevertheless, the federal government of President Tinubu authorized 90bn to subsidize the fare.

The Vice President who confirmed this whereas flagging off the 2024 inaugural flight of Pilgrims to Saudi Arabia at Sir Ahmadu Bello Worldwide Airport Birnin Kebbi, stated the federal government’s motion was to supply succor for the pilgrims amid the financial challenges.

Regardless of the subsidy, some pilgrims lamented the standard of meals being provided to them by NAHCON on the Holy Land.

One of many pilgrims, Babagana Digima lamenting the standard of the meals on a Fb publish shared a pap and akara being served.

He stated; “After paying N8m for Hajj see the breakfast that our pilgrims are being given! Nahcon Nigeria Fatima Mustapha. This what was given at this time twenty eighth Could 2024. In reality some pilgrims have already began begging to get cash to purchase meals as a result of even their remaining $300 that was promised to be paid to them in Saudi (out of $500) shouldn’t be forthcoming from the authorities! 

One other pilgrim, Nasir Aliyu Babanyaya corroborated Digima’s lamentation saying; “However to be honest, this meals of pilgrims that flew from Abuja in Makka, due to us Kaduna we’ve got by no means given alhazai kunu and beans apart from tea and cooked eggs, or tea with fried eggs and potatoes, or tea with rooster or meatballs Even for fish or fancasau and tea, they’re the identical for breakfast in Kaduna state as eventually yr throughout Arrigasiyyu Regime this yr.”

This isn’t the primary time Nigerian pilgrims have raised concern over the standard of meals provided to them.

In 2023, Osun State pilgrims complained bitterly in regards to the poor high quality of meals they have been being served by the State Pilgrims Welfare Board.

The pilgrims who practically resulted in violence have been introduced underneath management, following the intervention of Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Oyetunji, who pleaded with them.

Pilgrims from Adamawa, Zamfara, and Bauchi States additionally expressed their frustration over the lack of NAHCON to supply both meals or mattress areas to them.

In the meantime, one other pilgrim, Muhammad Ahmad Musa reacting within the remark part stated; “NAHCON is true now there on the scene gathering info for correct investigation as a result of NAHCON is totally and completely supplies feeding and lodging in Madinah however in Makkah NAHCON solely supervises but the Fee’s official will depart no stone unturned in revealing the reality of the matter and taking obligatory motion.”

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