The Chairman, Kogi State Hajj Commission, Alhaji Sadiq Muhammed Rabiu has disclosed that the Saudi government had returned the sum of N24 million for the service not rendered to the 2015 pilgrims from the state.
He also revealed that the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello had secured comfortable accommodation near Ka’aba for the state intending pilgrims.
Rabiu disclosed this at Anyigba town in eastern part of the state, when he led other members of the commission to pay homage to Royal Fathers to seek their moral support ahead of the 2016 Hajj operation.
He said last year pilgrims from the state departed the holy land earlier than expected, saying the Saudi government in their fairness and accountability resolved to pay the sum of N24 million to the commission’s account.
He added that by the commission’s evaluation, each pilgrim will receive the sum of N27,000 for the service they could not enjoy while in holy land, maintaining that as soon as the money hit the commission’s account, it will be disbursed to the accounts of the 2015 pilgrims.
The Chairman of Hajj Commission, who also revealed that there is new innovation into the 2016 Hajj operation in the state, pointed out that the commission would soon embark on sensitisation and enlightenment of intending pilgrims in Kogi state to acquaint them with the rules and regulations of Saudi government, to enable the state contingencies enjoy Hajj activities this year.