From: Ahmed Abubakar, Dutse
No fewer than, 2, 677j seats were allocated to Jigawa State by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) for the 2017 Hajj exercise.
Executive Secretary of Jigawa State Pilgrims and Welfare Board, Alhaji Muhammad Sani Alhassan, dropped the hint, on Thursday, while briefing newsmen on the level of preparation of the board for this year’s Hajj exercise.
He explained that NAHCON allocated 2,677 Hajj seats to Jigawa State against 2,369 seats allocated to the state last year.
According to him, of the total number of seats given to the state 1,699 seats was allocated to 27 local government areas in the state while as of yesterday 517 seats have been sold out to other indigenes of the state.
He said, the intending pilgrims from the state are expected to deposit a minimum of one million naira with the condition of being indigene of the state and physically and mentally fit.
The executive secretary maintained that, the Jigawa state pilgrims board emerged as first among all the 36 states in Nigeria to meet all the procedures required by the NAHCON.
He said, the arrangement has gone far for the provision of hygienic accommodation for the intending pilgrims close to haram in Saudi Arabia.
Alhaji Muhammad Alhassan added that, improved feeding arrangement have been put in place as NAHCON gave the choice for states to provide companies to provide food for the intending pilgrims.
He then commended Governor Muhammad Abubakar Badaru for providing all the need support to the board for successful 2017 hajj exercise.