10 July 2020. Voice of Nigeria: The Kano state Pilgrims Welfare Board will begin refund of 2020 hajj deposits to intending pilgrims from Tuesday, 14th July 2020.
The Executive secretary of the board, Abba Muhammad Danbatta, disclosed this at a press briefing in Kano state north western Nigeria.
He said the board has directed all officers across the 44 local government area to collate and forward list of pilgrims, who had completed their deposits to the board, assuring that the pilgrims deposits are intact.
“The board is prepared to disburse the monies to whoever chose refund. The decision to refund those willing is in line with the directive of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).
“Although, not many pilgrims have expressed interest but we are ready to return pilgrims their monies. We asked them to apply through their centre officers, subsequently refund would be made through their bank details,” said Danbatta.
He said public awareness campaign has been carried out on various media platforms to keep people abreast of the development.
“We have made public announcement through various media house because we believe pilgrims reserve the right to demand for the deposits through application and subsequent refund. But for whoever want to defer their deposits till next year 2021, we encourage them too,” Abba noted.
About 2.5 million Muslims globally who have perfected all travel plans and logistics for the 2020 spiritual exercise will not be able to embark on the journey to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.