Kogi Hajj Commission Clears 460 to perform 2024 Holy Pilgrimage

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By Noah Ocheni, Lokoja

Kogi State Governor, Ahmed Usman Ododo has commended the Kogi State Hajj Commission for securing clearance for 460 Muslim Pilgrims from the state to perform the 2024 pilgrimage to Makkah.

In a release by the Special Adviser on Media to the Governor Ismaila Isah said Kogi Hajj Commission is the first state in Nigeria to effect full contribution to the Hajj Savings Scheme by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria.

Governor Ododo’s commendation was sequel to the reports by the Kogi State Hajj Commission over increment in the 2024 Hajj fares and how Kogi state managed to secure subsidy for its pilgrims on account of the 100 per cent contribution to the Hajj Savings Scheme by the pilgrims through the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria.

The Governor who expressed satisfaction with the level of preparation made by the state Hajj Commission, praised the immediate past administration of Alhaji Yahaha Bello for approving the participation of the state in the contributory Hajj Savings Scheme by pilgrims two years ago, stressing that his administration will sustain and consolidate on the gains of the scheme.

Governor Ododo also commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his intervention by providing subsidy for Nigerian Muslim pilgrims who were distressed by the increase in the 2024 Hajj fares, assuring that his administration will continue to partner with the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria to ease the burden of pilgrims from Kogi state through the contributory Hajj Savings Scheme in the state.

Increase in the 2024 Hajj fare caused by foreign exchange differentials resulted in over 1.9 million Naira extra charges per pilgrim in Nigeria with only Kogi State now fully cleared of the over 800 million Naira that should have been paid by its over 460 pilgrims now set to perform this year’s pilgrimage to Makkah.

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