Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has announced a donation of N500,000 each to families of the 138 victims of this year’s hajj stampede.
A breakdown of the number showed that 114 pilgrims from Sokoto were confirmed dead, 22 are still missing, while two are injured and receiving treatment.
Making the donation while receiving the report of the 2015 hajj committee in Sokoto, on Tuesday, Tambuwal said even though the government cannot compensate the families for the loss of their loved ones, the gesture was in fulfillment of the promise he made when the tragedy occurred in September.
He said the families have endured pains since the incident and commended them for their patience and prayers.
The governor added that government will continue to put in place measures that will enhance hajj exercise by boosting safety and logistics of pilgrims.
In his remarks, Leader of the state delegation to this year’s hajj and Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu, said Sokoto pilgrims exhibited good conduct while in the Holy Land.
He appealed to the government to sustain the state feeding programme for pilgrims at transit camps at home and abroad, stating that pilgrims from Kware and Gwadabawa Local Government Areas received special awards for maintaining good sanitation in Saudi Arabia.

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