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Niger State begins refund of 2020 Hajj fares

The Niger State Pilgrims Welfare Board, in North Central Nigeria, has commenced the repayment of 2020 Hajj fares to intending Pilgrims as directed by the state government.

The Executive Secretary of the State Pilgrims welfare board, Alhaji Umar Makun Lapai, said the board was refunding 100 percent of what was collected from the intending pilgrims.

Makun Lapai, stated this while handing over cheques to 39 intending pilgrims that were interested in retrieving their deposits on Wednesday, in Minna the State Capital.

He said priority would be given to those that roll over their deposit during the 2021 Hajj exercise.

“Out of about 1,700 individuals that register for the 2020 Hajj, 49 initially declared interest to collect their deposits but only 39 eventually came forward,” Makun Lapai stated.

According to the Niger State Pilgrims Board’s PRO, Hassan Idris, the affected pilgrims will be paid through the board’s account with UBA, using the international passport as a means of identification.

“Anyone that received less than what he or she paid should report to the board for appropriate action,” he stated.

He however said, portal for the registration for 2021 hajj activities would be unveiled for intending pilgrims, on the 9th of September, 2020, as informed by the National Hajj Commission.

Source: Voice of Nigeria