Hajj: 599 intending pilgrims refunded in Katsina | Dailytrust

Hajj: 599 intending pilgrims refunded in Katsina

A picture taken on July 29, 2020 shows pilgrims circumambulating around the Kaaba, Islam’s holiest shrine, at the centre of the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, ahead of the annual Muslim Hajj pilgrimage. – Mask-clad Muslim pilgrims began the annual hajj, dramatically downsized this year as the Saudi hosts strive to prevent a coronavirus outbreak during the five-day pilgrimage. The hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam and a must for able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime, is usually one of the world’s largest religious gatherings. (Photo by STR / AFP)
A picture taken on July 29, 2020 shows pilgrims circumambulating around the Kaaba, Islam’s holiest shrine, at the centre of the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, ahead of the annual Muslim Hajj pilgrimage. – Mask-clad Muslim pilgrims began the annual hajj, dramatically downsized this year as the Saudi hosts strive to prevent a coronavirus outbreak during the five-day pilgrimage. The hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam and a must for able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime, is usually one of the world’s largest religious gatherings. (Photo by STR / AFP)

The Katsina State Pilgrims Welfare Board has so far disbursed the sum of over N768.9 million to 599 intending pilgrims that sought for refund in the state.

The Executive Director of the board, Alhaji Suleiman Nuhu Kuki, gave the update during a press briefing on the ongoing refund exercise to 2020/2021 intending pilgrims at the board’s headquarters in Katsina.

Kuki said the amount represents 22.01 per cent of the total 2,721 intending pilgrims that deposited their funds with the board.

“From the statistics of our registration, we have depositors with payments ranging from the sum of N300,000-N1,500,000 and all refunds are made to the last kobo,” he maintained.

He, however, said the exercise was ongoing and any intending pilgrim wishing to request for the refund of their deposit could to do so.

The Executive Director stressed that, those willing to roll over their deposits against the 2022 hajj could also do so by contacting their zonal pilgrims offices to seal their interest.

He expressed optimism about the turn of events in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, saying with the positive indicators emanating from the Kingdom, Hajj would resume in 2022.

While commending the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), for its leadership role, Kuki applauded the loyalty, understanding, confidence and trust by the intending pilgrims for the board.

He assured of continued efforts by the board to strategise, plan and prepare for a successful hajj operations.

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