Following the decision of the Saudi authority to suspend the 2020 hajj exercise, the Oyo State Pilgrim Welfare Board (Muslim wing) has assured intending pilgrims that their payments are safe and intact.
The board confirmed the decision of Saudi Arabia authority to allow only the local pilgrims of different nationalities to perform the hajj and cancel the attendance of the international pilgrims.
Chairman of the Board, Professor Sayed Malik made the disclosure while briefing journalists in his office at Hajj Camp, Olodo, Ibadan.
Malik stated that the decision was to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic that is currently ravaging the whole world, considering the large number of people that would wish to perform the 2020 Hajj.
He added that the decision was to prevent the contract of COVID 19 and curtail the spread of it among the international Pilgrims who would have converged on the holy land for hajj exercise.
He maintained that all intending pilgrims that have deposited their monies with the board should be rest assured that their monies are
intact and safe till 2021 Hajj, adding that those that wish to get their money back are permitted to request for the refund of their monies by writing to the board.
“Looking at the global pandemic caused by the Covid-19 and the decision of the Saudi government to stop international pilgrims partake in the 2020 hajj exercise, we want to assure the pilgrims from Oyo State that have deposited monies for the exercise that their money is intact with us.
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