Sheik Ahmed Tsoho-Ikara, Government Secretary, Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, on Tuesday reported only 1, 500 intending pilgrims, representing 22.62 per cent, have built part payment for the 2018 Hajj in the state.
Tsoho-Ikara, who produced the disclosure in an interview with the Information Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Zaria, explained that the point out has been allotted 6.632 seats by the Countrywide Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) for the pilgrimage.
According to him, the board however has around 5,000 seats for individuals wishing to journey for the pilgrimage right before the closure of registration on March 31.
“We have began receiving the deposit due to the fact Nov. 13, 2017 and like any other Hajj procedure, this year’s Hajj began with minimal patronage.
“About 6,632 seats had been allotted to Kaduna Point out by NAHCON but due to the fact of lack of funds in the fingers of Nigerians extremely handful of amount of intending pilgrims registered.
“We are now in March, but so far only 1,500 intending pilgrims indicated fascination by depositing their dollars and not all of them deposited in entire.
“Of these that deposited, not all of them concluded the stipulated deposit of N1.5 million mainly because some have deposited cash ranging from N800,000 to N1.2 million and however to comprehensive the harmony,” he mentioned.
He famous that even among the people that deposited the revenue, not all of them may possibly have the financial power or functionality to complete the comprehensive Hajj fare when ultimately declared by NAHCON.
“It had come to be a tradition, whenever NAHCON last but not least fixes the Hajj fare, some intending pilgrims that deposited their funds made use of to default.
“This is not because they don’t want to spend but for the reason that they do not have the economical capacity to entire the remaining equilibrium.
“Our prayer is, may well Allah (SWT) bestow his blessings on all of us to permit us and the intending pilgrims exhaust the seats and request for much more,” he prayed.
Tsoho-Ikara attributed the lower patronage to lower rates of farm make, unstable exchange level and poor financial position of many persons.
“The difficulties affiliated with this year’s Hajj are lower selling prices of farm generate and another challenge is the determination of the Countrywide Assembly that very last year’s Hajj fare was substantial and it have to have to be reviewed down.
“This discussion arrived up when NAHCON announced the Hajj fare at N1.5 million, they said it was unacceptable, authorities have to have to occur in and help, lessen it to around N800,000.
“This dialogue produced some intending pilgrims especially all those that deposited their money believed that what they have deposited was in excess of and money will be refunded to them.
“Up to this time, very little experienced been performed in regard of the issue.
“I want to use this medium to attractiveness to the Federal Federal government to help the two Muslim and Christian pilgrims in their efforts to fulfil their spiritual legal rights.”
On the board’s planning for the Hajj, the formal stated: “we have frequented Saudi Arabia, inspected homes that will accommodate our people.
“NAHCON had rented houses in the town of Medina though the condition pilgrims’ boards have rented properties in Mecca.
“We have also talked over with foods organizations that will supply our pilgrims with food items, the food is not totally free, the revenue is involved in the Hajj fare and it covers breakfast and supper in Mecca and Medina as well as breakfast, lunch and evening meal in Muna and Arafat.
“The condition pilgrims boards are saddled with responsibility of contracting the businesses that will supply meals to pilgrims in Mecca, Muna and Arafat and we have done that.”