Abdurrahman Ibrahim Idris, Executive Secretary of the Bauchi State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, has said that the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed has approved the refund of N2,440,000.00 to each of the government-sponsored 2022 pilgrims, who were unable to perform the hajj.
Malam Idris disclosed this to journalists at the board headquarters in Bauchi, pointing out that the interested pilgrims can apply for a refund by attaching the endorsed data page issued to them by the board.
He, however, explained that those who are willing to perform the 2023 hajj, can leave their deposit for an automatic switchover for the 2023 Hajj operation in the holy land of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
“The Board wants to use this medium to inform intending pilgrims who paid their hajj fare but are unable to perform the Hajj and are not interested in rolling their deposit for 2023 hajj that they can apply for the refund.
“However, interested pilgrims’ deposits will automatically be registered against the 2023 hajj operation.”
Meanwhile, Malam Idris also disclosed that the Board has concluded an arrangement to commence the payment of refunds of N50,000.00 to those who paid N2.5 million as their Hajj fare, recalling that the discount was from the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) at the commencement of the last Hajj in the holy land.
He said the officials of the Board will go round the 20 Local Government Areas of the state for the disbursement of the amount to each Pilgrim that performed the 2022 exercise.