Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Muslim pilgrims’ board refunds N74.5m to intending pilgrims

The Federal Capital Territory Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, MPWB, has refunded the sum of N74,549,000 to some intending pilgrims who sought reimbursement of their deposit for the 2020 hajj.

A statement signed by the spokesperson of the board, Muhammad Aliyu, reveals that 74 intending pilgrims who made deposit to the Board in respect of the 2020 Hajj that could not hold due to Covid-19 pandemic have so far collected their money.

 

The pilgrim’s board advised intending pilgrims yet to get their refund, to do so before the end of this month as the MPWB is finalizing arrangements for the commencement of registration for 2021 Hajj exercise from 9th of September as directed by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria.

He explained that the refund of money collected is a continuous exercise but emphasised the need for early declaration of interest in order not to derail preparation for the forthcoming Hajj operation.

He disclosed that all deposits not claimed would automatically be rolled-over as deposit against 2021 Hajj exercise.

Similarly, he stated that prospective Intending Pilgrims who wish to perform the 2021 Hajj through the board can deposit a minimum of N1,000,000.00 only via a Bank Draft payable to the FCT Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board Abuja, before the release of the actual fare by the Federal Government.

The statement also warned all intending pilgrims who are yet to return their completed application forms or submit their International Passport to do so to enable the board facilitate early registration formalities and process their travel documents.

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