2019 Hajj: How Niger State pilgrims received N67m refund

A total of 14,285 pilgrims for the 2019 Hajj operations from Niger state have received N67 million refund from National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON). Acting Executive Secretary of Niger State Pilgrims Welfare Board Alhaji Umar Makun Lapai who declared this at the Chanchaga Local Government Secretariat during the official flag off of the refund, maintained that the refund was made to some intending Pilgrims that have paid their money but could not travel due to health challenges, pregnancy or some other personal issues as well as refund for the return ticket of a dead and a missing Pilgrims that couldn’t come back to Nigeria.

Makun Lapai added that the refund that came from the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), was also for some services not rendered to Pilgrims while in the Holy Land of Saudi Arabia, The Acting Secretary urged all 2019 to go to their Local Government of payments with their International Passports and collect the refund. He advised the Area Pilgrims Welfare Officers to be upright in discharging their duties as they are given two weeks to complete the exercise in order to meet up with the NAHCON dateline.

The official commencement of the refund has started all over the State with official flag off and some symbolic presentations at Chanchaga in Zone B, Bida in Zone A and Wushishi in Zone C. Meanwhile, preparations have commenced for the 2020 hajj operations.

The NAHCON said on Saturday that it had retained its 95,000 slots for intending pilgrims for the 2020 hajj. NAHCON made the disclosure in a statement made available to newsmen by its Head of Public Affairs, Fatima Usara, in Abuja. Usara said the agreement was reached during the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Nigeria’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada and the Saudi Arabian Minister of Hajj and Umrah Affairs, Saleh Benten. She said that the MoU was signed on Dec. 5, preparatory to the 2020 hajj exercise.

“Prior to the signing of MoU, Ambassador Dada had conveyed President Muhammadu Buhari’s gratitude to King Salman Bin AbdulAziz and the Saudi Arabian authorities for compensating families of the five dead and six injured Nigerians in the 2015 crane crash accident in Makkah” she said.

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