Recall that the National Hajj Commission, NAHCON has given the slot of 614 Hajj seats to the state.
Acting Executive Secretary of the board, Mallam Mustapha Umar made the disclosure in a press briefing in Dutse, the capital of Jigawa.
He said the board had since submitted the list of 305 intending pilgrims who completed their Hajj deposit.
Umar explained that there are 530 intending pilgrims that did not collect their Hajj deposit between 2020 and 2021 when Hajj did not hold.
According to him, the board is now screening the intending pilgrims that paid the deposit to ascertain the number of those that could not complete their deposit.
The acting ES recalled that no fewer than 1,165 intending pilgrims paid their deposit between 2020 and 2021, but 635, were refunded to the tune of N787 million, while 530 rolled over their money.
“We have gotten the slot of 614 seats and we already have 530 intending pilgrims that did not collect their deposit. If you take 530 out of 614, the remaining vacant seats are just 84.
“Beside, out of this 530 that have not been refunded, we are now trying to know who can complete their deposit and who cannot, especially as the Hajj fare is expected to be higher than the 2019 Hajj exercise,” he said.
He said, part of the preparations, the board had already commenced orientation for Ulamas who would hold orientation sessions to the prospective pilgrims across the 27 local government areas in the state, in a bid to perform acceptable Hajj.
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