NAHCON Refunds N465m to Pilgrims over Services not Provided

Friday, December 27, 2019

The National Hajj Commission (NAHCON) has has refunded N465,179,009 for basic services not provided to entire Nigerian pilgrims during the 2019 Hajj.

It directed the State Welfare Boards/Agencies to ensure that that refunds are made directly to the bonafide pilgrims in line with the Financial Regulations Commission of Nigeria’s guidelines.

NAHCON noted that money not paid to the bonafide beneficiaries by the State before the end of 2019 fiscal year should be remitted to the Commission.

The Commission has also completed the refund of N75,346,843 and N14,520,012 to Kebbi State’s pilgrims for some services not rendered, or poorly rendered to them during the 2017 and 2018 Hajj exercises in the holy cities of Makkah and Madina, in Saudi Arabia.

The refunds, according to a release by NAHCON, were made to the Kebbi State Pilgrims Welfare Board/Agency.

A breakdown of the document by PRNigeria, shows that the N19,631,260 was the refund for Makkah penalty, and N2,013,000 was the refund of tickets for eight pilgrims/officials that could not perform Hajj whose money was remitted to the Commission.

Others include N1,599,854.50, which was the amount for the tent security refundable deposit for 4,930 pilgrims, N19,943,968.30 as refund of cooling system that did not work optimally for all pilgrims of 2017 Hajj, N2,604,041.20 was the refund of Makkah accommodation for eight pilgrims, and N1,049,200 was the refund of Madina accommodation, among other activities for 2017 Hajj.

In 2018, N2,363,750 was the refund of ticket for pilgrims/officials that could not perform Hajj, N6,394,797.75 was the refund of feeding at Makkah for 97 pilgrims, N2,050,688.85 was the refund of Makkah accommodation for seven pilgrims, N637,541.50 was the refund of Madina accommodation for three pilgrims, N2,525,967.20 as the refund of feeding at Masha’eer for 57 pilgrims, and N97,600 was the refund of feeding at Madina for five pilgrims, among other refunds for services not rendered during last year’s Hajj.