Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Bauchi State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board has called on intending pilgrims from the state to complete payment of their Hajj fares.
The Executive Secretary of the Board, Abdullahi Magaji Hardawa made the call in Bauchi on Monday while addressing Journalists on the 2018 Hajj preparations.
He urged intending pilgrims to make their payments before June 22, 2018 which was the deadline set by the Board for collection.
Hardawa also called on intending pilgrims who made part payments to complete them before the deadline.
He disclosed that intending pilgrims from the state are to pay the sum of N1,476,328.91 million as hajj fare as against last year's N1.5 Million.
According to him, Governor Mohammed Abubakar paid N85, 000 as subsidy to all the 3, 000 pilgrims from the State in the 2017 Hajj.
He further disclosed that the Saudi Arabian authorities had also refunded monies for services not rendered to the pilgrims in the 2017 Hajj.
The Executive Secretary however revealed that 443 people who performed pilgrimage in 2016 and 57 others who participated in the exercise in 2017 were yet to claim their monies returned by the Saudi government.
He therefore asked the owners to collect the funds before the end of of June otherwise they would be taken back to the National Hajj Commission, Abuja.
"Those who collected forms but are yet to submit should also do that in good time so that necessary formalities would be done to enable them partake in this year's hajj operation", he advised.