The Hajj Affairs authorities of the Saudi Arabia have refunded the sum of over N60 million to the Bauchi State pilgrims who participated in the 2009 and 2010 hajj exercises.
The acting secretary of the State Muslims Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Umar Yayagana who disclosed this, yesterday, explained that some pilgrims that participated in the 2009 and 2010 hajj exercises were charged some amount for passport attachment and tent destruction in Saudi Arabia which was included in the payment made for the exercise.
He added that the money was refunded to the state because all the pilgrims had conducted themselves in a matured way during the periods as no destruction was made to their property making the Saudi Arabian authorities to return the sum.
“All the pilgrims that performed the 2009 and 2010 hajj exercise were charged some amount for what they called passport attachment and in case of destruction or vandalism of tents in the holy land but thank God Almighty due to the good conduct of our pilgrims, no tent was vandalised or destroyed hence the decision to make refunds to us which we decided to return to the pilgrims,” he said.
Yayagana revealed that each of the 2009 pilgrims numbering about 3701 would collect the sum of N7, 000 while those that performed the hajj exercise in 2010 numbering about 3638 woud each get back the sum of N10, 000 only.
He assured that about 7339 pilgrims would benefit from this gesture at the end of the refund exercise, and said that arrangement had been concluded by the board to pay all the affected pilgrims.