By Hassan Umar Shallpella, Adamawa
Following the cancellation of 2020 Hajj operations by Saudi Authorities due to devastation occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic, the Adamawa State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Commission has refunded over N53million naira hajj deposits fare to 46 intending Pilgrims.
The refund followed sensitization and enlightenment undertook by the commission across the 21 local government areas of the state on reasons why 2020 hajj operations was cancelled and any pilgrim who want his/her refund can apply through their scheduled officers.
On the occasion, the Permanent Secretary and Executive Secretary of the Adamawa State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Commission, Malam Salihu Abubakar explained that the commission collected deposits of over one billion naira from one thousand, one hundred and sixty nine intending Pilgrims from Adamawa State who paid for the 2020 Hajj exercise which made it the highest depositor with National Hajj Commission of Nigeria.
Abubakar, who expressed gratitude to the intending Pilgrims for 2020 Hajj for their patience and understanding, explained that the collection of refund for now has been put on hold until after 2021Hajj exercise.
He assured those who rolled over their deposits to 2021 Hajj of safety of their monies with the Commission.
In a remark, one of the recipients, Malam Yusuf Jalo commended the leadership style of the Executive Secretary, Adamawa State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Commission, Malam Salihu Abubakar for transparency and accountability in the discharge of his duties.