Sanwo-Olu supports Hajj 2024 pilgrims with $100 each

By Adeola Ogunrinde

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has supported the 2024 Hajj pilgrims with $100 each.

According to the State Government, this is to prevent the state intending pilgrims from suffering from the shortfall in their Basic Travel Allowance (BTA) as a result of epileptic foreign exchange rates.

The Governor waded into the matter following a recent protest by some intending pilgrims who alleged irregularities with $400 BTA given to them instead of $500 as announced by the National Hajj Commission, NAHCON.

NAHCON had used N1,252.01 per dollar to calculate hajj fare to give $500 as BTA to each pilgrim, and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) released BTA at N1,530.86 per dollar, which gives each pilgrim $415 instead of $500

Briefing journalists during the departure of the fifth and last batch of the pilgrims to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Hon. Ibrahim Layode said that Governor Sanwo-Olu approved the payment of the $100 shortfall for each of the pilgrims, pending the resolution of the matter by both NAHCON and CBN.

Layode commended Sanwo-Olu for the timely intervention and kindheartedness which according to him will go along to ease the affairs of the pilgrims.

He assured the pilgrims that the promises made by the Governor to pay for their sacrificial rams, Ihram clothes and ziyyarah (visitation) to historical sites both in Makkah and Madinah will all be fulfilled.

Layode also admonished them to be cautious of their conduct whilst in the holy land and avoid anything that could bring the state and county at large to disrepute.

Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board commenced its airlifting exercise on Friday, May 17 with 425 pilgrims and this was immediately followed by the second batch of another 425 pilgrims on Saturday, May 18.

The third batch of 428 pilgrims was airlifted on Thursday, May 22, which was also followed by the fourth flight of 312 pilgrims on Friday, May 24 while the fifth and final batch of 256 pilgrims departed Nigeria on Sunday, May 26, 2024 bringing the total pilgrims airlifted by the state to 1,846.

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