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COVID-19: Include Our Members In N50bn Palliative, Hajj Operators Urge PMB

COVID-19: Include Our Members In N50bn Palliative, Hajj Operators Urge PMB

 

The Association of Hajj and Umrah Operators of Nigeria yesterday in Kano called on President Muhammadu Buhari to compel the Central Bank of Nigeria to consider its members among those that would benefit from the federal government’s N50 billion COVID-19 Palliatives designed for hoteliers, airlines, and service providers among others.

Making the disclosure in an interview with journalists at the state headquarters when members of Kano State Correspondents’ Chapel, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), paid courtesy visit to him, the Kano Zonal chairman of the body, Alhaji Abdullaziz Halliru Kafinsoli, lamented that the outbreak of COVID-19 has seriously affected their businesses.

The chairman who referred to  the recent suspension of flights into Saudi Arabia by Saudi authorities,  said members of the association has suffered losses running into millions of dollars, insisting that they are entitled to partake in the CBN incentive considering the huge amount of revenue they generate for the federal government.

It was gathered that  the CBN has set aside N50 billion to be disbursed through the Nigerian Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) to support business owners such as hoteliers, airlines, service providers, among others.

Kafinsoli stated that, “we have gone through the CBN N50 billion incentive offer, but we are not all that optimistic of benefitting from it because we have not been consulted.

“The federal government should consider our members because we are the worse hit in this COVID-19 problem. When policies like this are made, our members should be captured considering the amount of turnover and revenue we generate for the federal government through our business.”

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