The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has announced the release of the sum of N820,283,965 as refunds to States Muslims Pilgrims Welfare Board and Agencies for 2017 Hajj operations.
A statement by the Commission’s media relations, Adamu Hassan Abdullahi, said that the refunds consist of about N181 Million for Pilgrims and officials of States that could not travel for the Hajj and N209 Million being refundable deposits from the Ministry of Hajj.
The statement said that the refund also consists of that for catering services that were not rendered or poorly rendered for which the Commission did not pay the service providers to the tune of N46.1Million.
“Other refunds consist of sums for poorly rendered tent-C services, faulty cooling systems at Arafat for which the total sum of 278 Million Naira was demanded collected by the Commission from the organization responsible. The refunds also comprise of N1.5 Million for states that did not receive Zam-zam water.
“The refund, which was done in two batches, witnessed eleven (11) State Pilgrims Boards receiving a total of Four Hundred and One Million, Two Hundred and Ninety-one thousand, Six Hundred and Fifty-eight naira (N401,291,658.41) in December, 2017 while thirteen (13) Pilgrims Boards and Agencies received Four Hundred and Eighteen Million, Nine Hundred and Ninety-Two Thousand, Three Hundred and Seven Naira(N418,992,307.77) as the second batch in 2018 after reconciliations.
“The concerned Pilgrims are advised to check with their respective state Pilgrims Boards and Agencies for collection. The refund exercise will be monitored by NAHCON and appropriate security agencies nationwide. NAHCON also directs that any refunds not collected should be returned to the Commission.”