Hajj: Kebbi approves N3.34bn subsidy for 3, 344 pilgrims 

The Kebbi state government has approved the payment of N3.34 billion to subsidise the fares of 3,344 pilgrims from the state to this year’s hajj in Saudi Arabia.

The approval was to complete the payment of additional fares of N1.9 million announced by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).

The decision was reached at an emergency executive council meeting presided over by Deputy Governor Umar Abubakar-Tafida in Birnin Kebbi on Monday.

Addressing journalists on the outcome of the meeting, the Commissioner for Information and Culture, Yakubu Ahmad, said the gesture was out of the desire of Governor Nasir Idris to uphold religious values for societal peace and tranquility.

He added that the amount would help the pilgrims to complete the payment of the fares before the closing date.

”Out of about N2 million requested by NAHCON as additional fares, the Kebbi government has off-set N1 million for each pilgrim while the remaining balance should be paid by individual pilgrims to complete payment.

”Pilgrims who completed payment of the fares would also enjoy the N1 million magnanimity from the government,” the commissioner explained.