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Civil society to monitor disbursement of N1.7bn pilgrims’ refund

Independent Hajj Reporters has mobilsed its members to monitor the disbursement of N1.7 billion refund recovered by NAHCON for 2015 hajj to pilgrims. A statement…

Independent Hajj Reporters has mobilsed its members to monitor the disbursement of N1.7 billion refund recovered by NAHCON for 2015 hajj to pilgrims.

A statement by its national coordinator, Ibrahim Muhammed and publicity secretary, Abubakar Mahmoud said to ensure a transparent process, the civil society has directed its members nationwide to monitor the distribution of the money to pilgrims.
"This will enable us to assist NAHCON in creating awareness on the refunds and reports to general public on the modus operandi adopted in the distribution by states pilgrims’ welfare boards,” the statement said. 
The money was secured by National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) from some Saudi hajj service providers to Nigerian pilgrims for services not rendered or rendered unsatisfactorily during the 2015 hajj exercises.
“The States Pilgrims Welfare Boards are saddled with the responsibility of ensuring that the money gets back to all pilgrims who participated in the 2015 hajj exercises,” the civil society said.
The statement urged “states pilgrims’ boards to make adequate announcement in their various states to ensure that pilgrims are well informed of the refund and the process of collection.” 
It also tasked NAHCON to inform the public on the distribution pattern, so as to avail the pilgrims on what to expect from their various state pilgrims boards.
“While commending NAHCON for such feat, we however urge NAHCON to inform the general public on how much was given to each state pilgrim’s boards. This will allow pilgrims to know how much they are entitled to as individuals,” the statement said.
 

 

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