FCT begins refund of pilgrims

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The Federal Capital Territory Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board has commenced refund to pilgrims who paid above the approved hajj fare during the just concluded pilgrimage.

Public Relations Officer of the board, Malam Muhammad Aliyu, explained in a statement on Thursday that the refund was sequel to the reduction of the 2019 hajj fare after a review of the charges by the service providers negotiated by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria.

He said that all pilgrims who paid more than the initial hajj fare of N1,497,480.65 would benefit from the refund.

Aliyu, therefore, advised pilgrims who had paid above the approved hajj fare and participated in the exercise through the board to forward their application for the refund.

He said, “Such pilgrims should state their bank account details and receipt of payment as no cash payment would be entertained for the refunds.”

According to him, pilgrims who had already supplied the board with the relevant documents should not re-apply as the board had reached advanced stage in processing the payment of the refund.

He said the relevant documents should be submitted to the respective area officers or any official of the board in the six Area Councils of the FCT or at the Head Office of the board located at the Central Area, Abuja.

He explained that pilgrims who had no bank account were expected to forward letters authorising the board to pay the money into a third party’s account.

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