Kwara State Government has approved the sum of N21 million as refund to pilgrims who travelled with the state Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board for the 2019 pilgrimage to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The Executive Secretary of the Board, Alhaji Mohammed Tunde-Jimoh, who disclosed this in a statement in llorin on Tuesday, said the money was approved by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq.
Tunde-Jimoh explained that the amount approved as refund for the pilgrims was returned by the Saudi authorities for the services not rendered to the pilgrims during their stay in the Holy Land for the pilgrimage exercise.
He added that the refund included the intending pilgrims, who paid part of the Hajj fare but incapacitated to make the trip due to one reason or the other.
He said that the refund would also take care of the deceased pilgrims.
He, therefore, directed pilgrims from Ilorin West Local Government Area of the state to come to the Board in llorin on Wednesday, while Thursday is fixed for pilgrims from Asa and Ilorin South Local Government Areas.
According to him, the payment will be the turn of pilgrims from the Ilorin East and Moro on Friday.
He said that pilgrims from Kwara South Senatorial District had been scheduled to collect their refund by Monday.
Tunde-Jimoh added that Tuesday had been fixed for pilgrims from Kwara North Senatorial District as non-Kwara pilgrims would collect their refund on Wednesday, January 15.
The executive secretary urged all the 2019 pilgrims, who travelled with the Board, to come along with their original e-passport, one photocopy of their e-passport and receipt of payment of their Hajj fare.
NAN recalls that a total of 2,026 pilgrims, including officials travelled with the Board in four batches for 2019 Hajj