2020 Hajj: 46 Adamawa pilgrims get N53m refund over aborted trip

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Adamawa State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board Thursday, refunded over N53 million to 46 intending pilgrims who applied for refund of their deposits.

Recall that some months ago, the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Alhaji Abubakar Salihu Gurin while briefing newsmen at the Commission’s Headquarters in Yola, revealed that the decision for the refund of deposits followed the cancellation of the 2020 pilgrimage for the international community by Saudi Authorities as part of measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 globally.

Gurin said the commission’s action was sequel to the wide consultation with stakeholders for which the intending pilgrims across the state have jointly and individually formed a part.

He has explained to the pilgrims the process to be followed to ensure transparency and security in the refund of their deposits.

“The application for the refund should include photocopies of bank draft, two passport size photographs, and a photocopy of the intending pilgrim’s e-passport data page.

“The Commission will only make refund through a bank account or bank drafts in the intending pilgrim’s name,” Gurin explained earlier, giving a grace of one month within which to complete the process.

Having completed the process by the 2020 intended pilgrims who would not want a spillover preparation and standing on her existing word, the Commission has refunded the money deposited for the pilgrimage to the intended pilgrims on Thursday.

”A total of 1,169 intending pilgrims from Adamawa state paid for the aborted 2020 Hajj pilgrimage due to COVID-19 pandemic.

“694 out of the number paid full fare of one million, four hundred and fifty nine thousand naira (N1,459,000), while the remaining 475 intending pilgrims didn’t pay the full amount.

”46 of the intending pilgrims applied for refund of their monies,” Gurin said.

Gurin explained that the refund of the deposit was a matter of choice, as those that did not apply for the refund would automatically be registered for the 2021 Hajj operation.

”The Commission has started the 2021 Hajji preparation with the capturing of those that didn’t collect their money,” the Executive Secretary said.

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