HAJJ REFUND: Kwara, Niger states responds to Hajj Reporters FOI request

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Kwara State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board and its counterpart in Niger state has responded to the letters of request of information by IHR on the details of Hajj refund for hajj 2020 and Hajj 2021


Kwara State Pilgrim’s response was contained in a letter dated 28TH September and signed by the Executive Secretary of the board, Barr Ganiyu Ishola Ahmed.

In its response, Kwara State Muslim Pilgrims said it registered a total of 1,636 pilgrims for Hajj2020 and Hajj 2021 and stated that the board has refunded 332 pilgrims as at August 27th. It said the remaining 1,636 pilgrims opted to rollover their deposit to Hajj 2022.


The board also responded that it has paid the sum of N418, 570,000 as refunds to interested pilgrims and highlighted the number of pilgrims that paid between N500 – N1million and N1million – N1.5 million


Niger State Pilgrims Boards (Muslim Wing) responded via an email correspondence with details of amount refunded to each local government and corresponding number of numbers of pilgrims that rollover their deposit.

Niger said it registered a total of 2,802 intending pilgrims for the 2020/2021 Hajj exercise. It said 834 pilgrims requested for refunds and 1,968 pilgrims asked for a rollover to 2022 Hajj.


It will be recalled that Hajj Reporters had requested for details of Hajj 2020/2021 registrations and refunds made to pilgrims from some states muslim pilgrims boards and agencies.


So far, Kaduna, Kogi, Adamawa, Kwara and Niger state pilgrims boards has responded by providing details as requested by Hajj Reporters.


Relying on the provisions of Sections 1&2 of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2011, Hajj reporters had requested for the following information from the affected states: The total number of registered pilgrims for Hajj 2020 and Hajj 2021, the total number of Hajj 2020 pilgrims that were refunded and the total number of pilgrims that rolled over their Hajj deposit to Hajj 2021, the total number of pilgrims that registered for Hajj 2021 and amount deposited by each pilgrim. The total number of pilgrims that enrolled into the Hajj Saving Scheme through Kaduna State Pilgrims Board and the amount paid by each pilgrim, the total sum of pilgrims deposit paid to NAHCON as at June 2020, the Names of Banks where the pilgrims Hajj deposits were deposited by the board and Interest if any, generated by the amount deposited in Bank(s).

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