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Nigeria: Bauchi Refunds Excess Fare to Pilgrims

| May 9, 2012 More

Bauchi — The Bauchi State government has approved the immediate refund of excess fares paid by the state pilgrims that performed the 2009 and 2010 hajj exercise. It was gathered that the amount to be refunded is about N60 million. Acting secretary of the state’s Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Umar Yayagana, who disclosed this in Bauchi Monday, said the exercise has already commenced.

“All the pilgrims that performed the 2009 and 2010 hajj exercise were charged some amount for passport attachment in case of destruction of tent in the holy land. But due to the good conduct of our pilgrims, no tent was vandalized or destroyed, hence the decision to refund the extra fare to the pilgrims,” he said.

He said each of the 3,701 pilgrims, who performed the 2009 exercise, would receive N7,000 while those who performed the exercise in 2010, will be refunded N10,000 each.

He called on all intending pilgrims for this year’s hajj exercise to be law abiding while in the holy land.

Some of the pilgrims, who have collected their money, expressed gratitude to the government and the board for returning the money to them. They however urged the authorities to pay such monies immediately the exercise is concluded, adding that some pilgrims died without getting back their money.

Category: Bauchi State News

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