Khadijat Saidu, Birnin Kebbi
The Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu, has approved the setting up of a committee to refund Hajj deposits to the affected intending pilgrims, who could not travel to the Holy land of Saudi Arabia for the exercise.
This followed the cancellation of the 2020 Hajj exercise by the Saudi Arabian Government, due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.
According to a press release signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Babale Umar Yauri, and made available to news men in Birnin kebbi.
It also stated that the committee’s terms of reference include: To ensure the refund of the money collected from intending pilgrims, who were unable to perform this year 2020 Hajj exercise due to Covid-19 pandemic, to also ensure the refund of money deposited to National Hajj Commission of Nigeria( NAHCON),by the State Pilgrims Welfare Agency.
The Committee has two weeks within which to complete its assignment, as well as submit its report to the State Government.
Alhaji Haruna Abubakar Maitandu will serve as the Chairman of the committee, while Garba Salis Hamis, Liman Usman Suru, Lawal Mai Kwalla, Abubakar Atiku Alaramma and Zayyanu Shehu Sanka, Chairman, Hajj Guides are members.
Other members of the committee are: SP Aminu Sadiq, representative of the Kebbi State Police Command, Fahad Muktar, representative of SSS, while Kabiru Hassan Wasagu, the Acting Director, Exco will serve as its Secretary.