By Mustapha Adamu
Kano State Pilgrims Welfare Board said that it will accept the initial deposit of N1.2 million as it announced the commencement of registration of intending pilgrims for hajj 2020 in the state.
The announcement was made by the Executive Secretary of the board, Muhammad Abba Danbatta during a media briefing at his office on Wednesday.
According to him, “intending pilgrims for Hajj 2020 are to pay an initial deposit of N1.2 million before the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) determine the main Hajj fare”.
He explained that the initial deposit would be enough for all the registration processes of an intending pilgrim, adding that the remaining amount to be paid by a pilgrim might not be more than the Basic Travel Allowance (BTA) and other few services.
Danbatta explained that the Hajj fare is pegged by considering the price of the dollar in the foreign exchange market and the services to be rendered for a pilgrim in Makkah and Madina.
The E. S. also disclosed that the commencement of the registration was directed by the state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje following a request by the board at the presentation of the 2019 Hajj report at the government house on Tuesday.
“The N1. 2 million initial deposit will surely be enough for all the registration processes up to the issuing of visa for an intending pilgrim. The remaining balance, which will be determined by the NAHCON, will not be more than the money for BTA and other expenses in Saudi Arabia.
” Therefore, I wish to call on the people of Kano who want to pay for themselves or pay for their loved ones to pay the initial deposit of N1. 2 million at a bank,” he said
The E. S., however, expressed gratitude that the 2019 Hajj operation was successful, revealing that the board has now put in place, measures to address the few challenges they face during the exercise.
“We thank God and thank Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for making the 2019 Hajj operation a successful one. We recorded a huge success in the area of all the services rendered for our Pilgrims, such as accommodation, feeding, health, air flights among others. We thank God for that. Our Pilgrims felt at home.
He stated that the major problem the board faced was with aged Pilgrims who had health challenges, calling on the general public to provide health report of old intending Pilgrims for prompt action
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