By Mohammad Ibrahim
Kaduna (Nigeria) – Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board has paid National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) over 1.5 billion Naira, being part payment for 2015 Hajj fares of intending pilgrims from the state.
The amount represent 50 percent of the total number of Hajj seats allocated to the state by NAHCON this year.
Executive Secretary of the Board, Muhammad Kabiru Kasimu made this known to newsmen in Kaduna.
Kasimu said the remittance was in line with the directive of the NAHCON which slated 30th April as deadline for the collection and remittance of Hajj fare for this year’s intending pilgrims.
A statement by the Board’s Public Relation Officer, Yunusa Muhammad Abdullahi explains that NAHCON has allocated 5,628 Hajj seats to Kaduna State.
The statement further says the Board will this week flag off Train the Trainer workshop for Pilgrims Officers and Ulamas that will conduct weekly mandatory training for the intending pilgrims in the 23 Local government Areas of the state.
It also explains that a five man delegation sent to Saudi Arabia by the State Government had secured a befitting accommodation for the comfort of the state pilgrims in the Holy city of Makkah.
The statement added that the Board is committed to ensuring a hitch free Hajj exercise this year.