The Borno State Pilgrims Welfare Board has commenced payment of refund to 2017 hajj pilgrims in the state at the Board Headquarters.
The Executive Secretary of the Board, Dr. Mustapha Mohammed Ali flagged of the commencement of the refund payment to the 2017 hajj pilgrims while inaugurating a five man committee that will handle the disbursement .
This was contained in a statement signed by the Director of Information of the Board L. C. Abatcha.
The Secretary Dr.M. M. Ali said the state has received the sum amount of Seventy Four Million, Three Hundred and Forty One Thousand, One Hundred and Fifty Three Naira (#74,341,153.00) as for the refund of 2017 Hajj from the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria(NHCON) and that with the assistance of the state of Governor Kashim Shettima, the boards has commence the payment.
The Executive Secretary said, the sum of Sixty Five Million, Five Hundred and Ninety Seven Thousand, Three Hundred and Eighteen Naira, Sixty One Lobo has approved and released to the committee for disbursement for the first batch of the following categories of 2017 pilgrims.
(1) Those who made full payment but missed the 2017 hajj and those who did not complete payment for 2017 hajj are to come for their refund as from Monday the 26th of February 2018 at the Board.
(2) And the refund for those who over paid their hajj fare of 2017 will commence payment as from Wednesday 28th of February 2018 at the Board headquarters. Dr.Mohammad M. Ali further advised these categories of pilgrims to come along with the following particulars to the committee on verification and payment at the Board.
(1) The original and photocopies of their International passport, payment receipts and the deposit card. He therefore charged the committee to follow the terms of reference and guidelines which set up the committee to discharge their assignment diligently. He also warned that any pilgrim who could not produce the mentioned particulars will not be paid. The flag- off of refund ceremony ended with symbolic presentation of cheques to five beneficiaries.