Borno Govt. Spends N500 Million On Hajj Sponsorship


Borno Govt. Spends N500 Million On Hajj Sponsorship

The Borno government said Saturday that it spent about N500m toward the

successful conduct of this year's Hajj in Saudi Arabia.

The state's Deputy Governor, Alhaji Zannah Mustapha, made this known in an

interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Makkah.

Mustapha, who was the leader of the state's Hajj Committee said that the

money was used to secure good accommodation for the state pilgrims, as

well as ensure good welfare for them.
He said that the state government provided a subsidy of 300 Saudi Riyals

to each of the 2,645 pilgrims to enable them to perform the hadaya

(slaugthering of animals during the Hajj).
The deputy governor added that the state government had remained steadfast

in ensuring hitch-free Hajj in the past four years in spite of prevailing

security challenges.
He thanked Gov. Sule Lamido of Jigawa and Gov. Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano

State for their assistance to the state during the transportation of Borno

pilgrims to the Holy Land.
He said, “We are appealing to the Federal Government to reopen the

Maiduguri International Airport.
“We want the Federal Government to assist us by reopening the airport so

as to avert the difficult situation the state found itself, especially the

risky movement of pilgrims from Maiduguri to Jigawa and Kano for the

airlift to the Holy Land.”
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