From Mohammad Ibrahim, Kaduna
Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board Overser, Imam Hussaini Sulaiman Ikara has warned registration officers responsible for payment of refunds to 2016/2017 state pilgrims to ensure all the affected pilgrims receive their refunds after full identification.
He also urged the pilgrims to comply with modalities of the payment for accountability and transparency.
The warning came as the board is set to commence refunds of over N140 million Naira to pilgrims who performed pilgrimage in 2016 and 2017 from Thursday, 28 December 2017.
The Overseer made this known in a statement signed by the Board’s Public Relations Officer, Yunusa Muhammad Abdullahi made available to news men at the weekend.
The statement said that each 2016 pilgrim will be paid N1,265:65 kobo, while 2017 pilgrims are to receive N12,862:08 kobo as refunds for transportation, feeding and other services not rendered to them during the Hajj periods.
The overseer explained that 29 intending pilgrims who were unable to go on pilgrimage in 2017 will be refunded all their money with the exception of administrative charges including cost of main and hand luggage as well as the uniform which had already been given to them.
Imam Husaini Ikara called on the affected pilgrims to contact their registration officers with InternationalPassport that has either 2016 or 2017 Hajj visa beforebeing paid.
Imam Hussaini Ikara said that the refund was money the Board received from National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) earlier this month for services not rendered by the various service providers to the pilgrims at the Holy Land during the pilgrimage.