Zulum approves N521.4m for Borno pilgrims 

Borno state governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, has approved N521.4m cash assistance for the 2024 Borno pilgrims currently in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

The chairman of Borno’s 2024 Amirul Hajj committee and Senator representing Borno Central, Kaka Shehu Lawan, stated this Wednesday in Saudi Arabia.

Senator Kaka Shehu highlighted that the N521.4m was to cover the cost of (Hadaya) animal sacrifice obligatory on all Muslim pilgrims and Basic Travel Allowance (BTA) differential.

The senator added that 261 million naira was earmarked for the purchase of sacrificial animals, while N260. 4 million naira was set aside as basic travel allowance differential for the pilgrims.

He said: “The governor of Borno state, Professor Babagana Zulum, has approved the payment of Hadaya, sacrificial animals to be purchased as religious obligations during hajj to all pilgrims from the state amounting to N261 million.”

Senator Kaka Shehu also noted that the initial arrangement was for each pilgrim to receive 415 instead of 500 dollars.

“In addition to this, the governor also paid N260.4 million to pay the differential as a result of fall in the naira to balance up the BTA of pilgrims to round it up to five hundred dollars per person,” he said. 

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