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  • Updated: May 21, 2024

Governor Yusuf supplements Hajj pilgrims' BTA with N376m

 Governor Yusuf supplements Hajj pilgrims' BTA with N376m

Kano Governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf

Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State has allocated N376 million to address the shortfall in Basic Travel Allowance (BTA) for state pilgrims. 

Additionally, he has appointed Deputy Governor Comrade Aminu Abdulsalam as the head of the government delegation and Amir Hajj for the 2024 pilgrimage.

This was contained in a statement signed by Sunusi Bature, Director General Media and Publicity, Government House Kano on Tuesday.

According to the statement, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON had announced a BTA of $500 per pilgrim, based on the official exchange rate of N1,250 to a dollar. 

However, the volatility of the foreign exchange rate further weakened the Nigeria currency thereby pushing the exchange rate to over N1,500 to dollar. 

Governor Yusuf, who spoke during the annual hajj demonstration exercise on Monday, highlighted that the initial BTA rate would have left each pilgrim short by $121,000. 

The Governor said to rectify the inconsistency, the state government has approved supplementary funds to support the 3,100 state pilgrims with N121,000 each totaling N376,310,000.

He said the additional support was to enable the pilgrims' comfort and smooth performance of the Hajj rites.

He assured that the Deputy Governor would oversee the welfare of the pilgrims comprehensively, including provisions for food, lodging, transportation, healthcare, and other necessities.

Recall that Governor Yusuf had released N500 million in April, to subsidize the sudden notice of hajj fare increase of N1.9 million by National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON. 

Acknowledging the vital role of security agencies and NAHCON in Kano's Hajj operations, Governor Yusuf expressed his gratitude for their assistance. 

 

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