The pilgrims from Kaduna state to the holy city of Mecca for the 2016 and 2017 Hajj would get some of their money refunded to them as the National Hajj Commission of Nigera (NAHCON) has returned the sum of N129M to the state.
The chairman of the Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Malam Imam Hussaini Tsoho made this announcement yesterday while addressing media representatives at his office.
“Those that would benefit from the said sum are those that could not perform the Hajj exercise due to sickness, pregnancy or other reasons. The fund will also be refunded for certain services that were supposed to be rendered to the pilgrims but could not be rendered by NAHCON for one reason or the other,” Malam Imam explained.
He further explained that about thirty pilgrims were unable to go on pilgrimage. These people will be refunded fully but the administrative charges which includes the uniform fees and luggage would not be refunded. These people received the uniforms and necessary materials even though they could not make the pilgrimage.
Malam Imam said that more than N20m will be refunded to the 25 people who paid for the 2016 hajj pilgrimage trip but did not go. He also said that the remaining 5,500 people that made the 2016 Hajj pilgrimage would receive more than N1000 each.
For the 2017 pilgrims, Dr. Imam stated that more than 6,600 people would receive more than N12000 and the officers on the pilgrimage trip including the medical team will receive more than N3000.
Dr. Imam concluded the session by informing the public especially the affected pilgrims to note that the distribution process would commence next week and the aim is to ensure that exercise runs smoothly.
He urged the pilgrims of 2016 and 2017 hajj pilgrimage trips to proceed to the respective local governments where they registered and paid for their seats. He implored that these pilgrims go with their international passport and their payment receipts in order to collect their refunds.