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Hajj 2024: Kebbi Government releases over N3b to subsidize fares

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Kebbi State Commissioner of Information and Culture, Hon. Yakubu Ahmed BK, right, briefs the media

By El-Yakub Dabai, Birnin Kebbi

The Commissioner for Information and Culture, Hon Yakubu Ahmed Birnin Kebbi, at a news briefing in Birnin Kebbi says Kebbi State Government has approved N1 million subsidy for each of its 3,344 intending pilgrims to this year’s Hajj.

Alhaji Yakubu Birnin Kebbi who was speaking on the outcome of an emergency State Executive Council meeting further said the gesture was sequel to the hiking of the 2024 Hajj fares by over N1.9 millon by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).

He added, “So, one million naira will be paid for each of the intending pilgrims immediately. All the intending pilgrims who had earlier completed the payment of their Hajj fares will also be given N1million .”

Alhaji Yakubu Birnin Kebbi also disclosed that Governor Nasir Idris had earlier approved some funds used for the installation of some facilities and provision of aviation fuel sub station at the Sir Ahmadu Bello International Airport, Birnin Kebbi, as part of requirements for the airlift of pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.

On the issue of the recent vandalisation of stores and looting of assorted bags of grains by miscreants in the state capital, the Commissioner said the state government had strongly condemned the vandalization in the ware houses belonging to some individuals in Birnin Kebbi.

Alhaji Yakubu Birnin Kebbi said, “the state government frowns at such nasty acts as they are not in the character of the people of the state. However a 13-man committee has been set up under the leadership of the Commissioner of Agriculture to investigate the matter.”

Also speaking on the matter, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Alhaji Shehu Muazu, said that the palliatives looted belonged to the Dangote Foundation and not the State Government as the Authorities had since successfully distributed all their palliatives across the state.

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