Ogun State Government has refunded N16 million for un-rendered services to pilgrims who performed the 2015 pilgrimage in Makkah and Medinah.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that the amount was released by the Saudi Arabian Government through the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON.
The Ogun State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board began the payment to the affected pilgrims on Tuesday.
According to the board’s Chairman, Dr Ishaq Yusuf, the highest paid persons will receive N315, 981.86 each, while the least paid went home with the sum of N11,500 each.
Pilgrims payment receipts and e-passports were used as means of identification to claim the refund after due verification at the board’s office in Oke-mosan, Abeokuta.
One of the beneficiaries, Alhaji AbdulWahab Olanrewaju, expressed appreciation to Governor Ibikunle Amosun for the refund, commending the Saudi Arabian authority for its sincerity of purpose and effective service delivery.
In his remarks, Imam Saliudeen Babatunde from Sagamu said the board exhibited a high sense of judgment with the method of refund.
He noted that the current administration in the state has shown transparency in paying back the money at this period of economic hardship.

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