The Lagos State Government will begin the disbursement of N30 Million to 2017 pilgrims on Wednesday, May 9th at the Board, GRA, Ikeja.
This was disclosed yesterday by the Honourable Commissioner for Home Affairs and Lagos State Amir-ul-Hajj, Dr. AbdulHakeem AbdulLateef while briefing newsmen on the issue.
He explained that proper arrangement has been put in place to ensure that pilgrims get the refund without any stress. “Each pilgrim is entitled to N12, 509.81”, He said.
According to the Commissioner, pilgrims from Agege, Ajeromi, Alimosho, Amuwo Odofin and Apapa are billed for Wednesday, 9th May. While those from Badagry, Epe, Eti – Osa, Ifako – Ijaiye and Ikeja will be attended to on Thursday.
Stressing further, pilgrims from Ikorodu, Kosofe, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland and Mushin are fixed for Friday while pilgrims from Oshodi Isolo, Somolu and Surulere are to be given their refund on Monday, 14th May.
He urged pilgrims to follow the arrangement in order to reduce crowd on a daily basis and to make the job easier for the official who will attend to them.
According to the Commissioner, the refund is not a gift but money meant for some services not rendered to the pilgrims in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Dr. AbdulLateef also emphasised that National Identity Card is compulsory for all intending pilgrims of 2018 hajj.
“In order to assist the intending pilgrims conquer the problems associated with registration and collection of National Identity Card, we have mobilized the National Identity Management Commission to open a centre at the Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board”. Pilgrims are therefore advised to visit the centre from Monday, May 7th for necessary assistance.
Meanwhile, the Amir–ul–Hajj has also disclosed that all intending pilgrims for this year hajj must submit their international passports on or before May 14th to enable the Board forward same to the Saudi Arabia Embassy for processing of Visa.
Public Affairs Unit (LSMPWB)
5th May, 2018.