Members of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Kano chapter yesterday distributed 600, 335 Saudi Arabian Riyals (about N26 million) to over 7,000 pilgrims from the state in Saudi Arabia.
According to the association’s secretary, Alhaji Bello Muhammed Butubutu, who presented the money to the representatives of the pilgrims, the gesture was approved by Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
He said each pilgrim would receive 100 Riyals (N4,400) which he said would help them to feed themselves for a few days while they prepare to leave the country following the conclusion of the Hajj rituals.
Meanwhile, chairman of the Kano State Pilgrim Welfare Board (KSPWB) Malam Abba Koki, has pledged to secure the refund of what the pilgrims’ spent on feeding from the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) after allegedly failing to provide food to pilgrims on the Arafat ground last Thursday.
“As representatives of the pilgrims at the national level, we are deeply concerned by the failure of the National Hajj Commission to feed pilgrims on the Arafat ground. Last year, when a similar thing happened, we ensured that all pilgrims were given back their feeding fees. Again this time, since you have not been fed on the Arafat day after paying for it, we promise to refund your money from the national Hajj officials,” he said.