MAKUN PILGRIMSAlh Umar Makun Lapai, Acting Executive Secretary

By Muhammad Hadi

Niger State Pilgrims Welfare Board has commenced the refund of N14, 285. 00 to the state Pilgrims that performed this year’s (2019) Hajj.

The Acting Executive Secretary of the Board, Alh. Umar Makun Lapai officially flagged-off the commencement of the refund at the Chanchaga Local Government Council Secretariat, yesterday.

The Executive Secretary, however commended the Niger State Government under the able Leadership of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello for his prompt approval of the N67m to be disbursed to the 2019 Hajj Pilgrims as refund.

Alh Makun added that the refund that came from the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), was for some services not rendered to Pilgrims while in the Holy Land of Saudi Arabia, refund to some intending Pilgrims that have paid their money but could not travel due to health challenges, pregnancy or some other personal reasons as well as refund for the return ticket of a dead and a missing Pilgrim that couldn’t come back to Nigeria.

The Acting Secretary called on all 2019 Pilgrims to go to their respective local government where they effected their payments with their International Passports and collect the refund.

He advised the Area Pilgrims Welfare Officers to be upright in discharging their duties as they are given two weeks to complete the exercise in order to meet up with the NAHCON deadline.

The official commencement of the refund has started all over the state with the official flag off and some symbolic presentation at Chanchaga in Zone B, Bida in Zone A and Wushishi in Zone C.