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Pilgrims who couldn’t make 2022 Hajj will be reimbursed – Professor Malik

Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde has approved the payment of full funds to intending pilgrims who were unable to perform the 2022 Hajj exercise.

The Chairman, Oyo State Pilgrims Welfare Board (Muslim Wing), Professor Sayed Malik disclosed this during a press conference held at the State Secretariat Agodi, Ibadan.

Addressing newsmen, the Chairman, Oyo State Pilgrims Welfare Board (Muslim Wing), Professor Sayed Malik expressed regret that 150 of the state’s intending pilgrims could not take part in this year’s Hajj due to some circumstances beyond the board’s control.

He said Governor Makinde has approved the payment of full funds to whomever among the intending pilgrims that wishes to collect his/her money, while those that intend to use their money for the 2023 pilgrimage, would be the first to be considered for the exercise.

Professor Malik explained that they would not make any additional payment to the one they have already made this year as part of measures to compensate them.

On the issue of Basic Travelling Allowance of the pilgrims, Professor Malik maintained that the board officials did not short-change the pilgrims or divert the funds meant for payment of their BTA contrary to speculations in some quarters.

He however made it clear that all pilgrims from the state had gotten their BTA.

Professor Malik noted that the last batch of Oyo State pilgrims which consisted of 60 persons had been airlifted to Saudi Arabia on Monday 4th July 2022.

Iyabo Adebisi

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