IHR commends Kaduna agency for refunding $50 to pilgrims 

The Independent Hajj Reporters (IHR) has commended the Kaduna State Pilgrims Welfare Agency for promising to refund $50 to its pilgrims following the downward price review it got from the company that it engaged to slaughter animals on their behalf.

The announcement of the refund was made recently by Air Vice Marshall Muhammad Rabiu Dabo (rtd) a board member of the agency who chaired the Hadaya Committee.

Dabo also stated that the pilgrims will either be paid in Saudi Arabia or Nigeria, depending on their preferences.

IHR in a statement Sunday in Makkah said the transparency exhibited by the Kaduna agency must be commended especially coming at a time of too much secrecy surrounding the issues of payment of Hadaya services by pilgrims and its execution from some states.

Pilgrims deserves to know how much was expended on the Hadaya project on their behalf whether it is less or higher than what they are charged by the committee set up by States Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards – such will create atmosphere of trust and confidence in the minds of general public and prospective pilgrims.

“We are aware that some states charge higher than Kaduna state to undertake Hadaya for their pilgrims, but we are yet to hear of any form of public announcement on how much was involved or refund,” IHR said.

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