Kaduna to airlift 7,440 pilgrims for Hajj


Welfare board urges intending pilgrims to be of good behaviour

The Acting Executive Secretary of Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Yahuza Makarfi, on Tuesday, disclosed that a total number of 7,440 intending pilgrims will travel to Saudi Arabia from Kaduna to perform this year’s Hajj.

Makarfi explained that pilgrims on economy tickets would pay N61,173.50 and enjoy a Basic Travel Allowance (BTA) of 750 dollars each; those travelling on medium class tickets would pay N660,000 fare and have BTA of 1,000 dollars; and those on maximum class would pay N745,000 and enjoy BTA of 1,500 dollars.

He attributed the increase in this year?s Hajj fares to ?the demolition of structures near the places of worship, and the desire of the board to accommodate pilgrims closer to such critical places.?

The secretary assured the intending pilgrims of security and comfort throughout the exercise.

He disclosed that this year?s pilgrims from the state would enjoy a subsidy of N260.4 million from the state government, and receive a rebate of N35,000 each across board.

It would be recalled that Governor Patrick Yakowa granted N46,000 fare subsidy to each of the pilgrims who performed the Hajj last year.

Makarfi urged the pilgrims to reciprocate government’s gesture by demonstrating high sense of patriotism, discipline and loyalty to constituted authorities during the exercise.

He also appealed to the intending pilgrims to offer special prayers for peace, unity and development of the country during the Hajj.

He announced that the Kaduna State government had approved Kabo, Max and Meridien Airlines to airlift the pilgrims for the exercise.

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