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President Tinubu Releases N90bn to Subsidise 2024 Hajj Expenses



President Bola Tinubu’s administration has subsidised the cost of 2024 Hajj pilgrimage with N90 billion.

Vice President Kashim Shettima made this known at the inauguration of the 2024 National Hajj held at Sir Ahmadu Bello International Airport, Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State capital.

“You may recall that this year, we had a major challenge in announcing the final hajj fare for the 2024 Muslim pilgrimage due to fluctuation in foreign exchange rates,” said Shettima.

“President Bola Tinubu also worked round the clock to control the downwards spiral of our local currency to bring relief to our pilgrims and other Nigerians.

“A move that eventually succeeded in lowering the fare. The president approved the release of N90 billion to subsidise the cost of pilgrimage for this year’s Hajj.”

He said that the government of Renewed Hope led by Tinubu attaches immense importance to religious pilgrimage due to the role it plays in transforming behavioral and social vices of the believers beyond performing the pilgrimage.

“Due to this high regard, the government took time to carefully select men of integrity with administrative acum and records of selfless dedication to manage the affairs of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria in the interest of Nigerian pilgrims.

“Government at the highest level monitors all arrangements meant for the wellbeing of our pilgrims both in Saudi Arabia and within the country before embarking on the journey.

“We are aware of the provision put in place for the safety, security and comfort of the Nigerian contingent to the 2024 hajj of our pilgrims,” he said.

Shettima urged the pilgrims not to relent in praying for the success of Tinubu’s administration, peace and progress of the country that “we are proud to call our motherland.”

“Indeed, it is through our collective prayers and individual contributions that our country will prosper,” Shettima said.

Earlier, the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, tasked Nigerian pilgrims on discipline in order to project the image of Nigeria positively.

He thanked Tinubu and his team for their effort to ensure that the 2024 Hajj takes place.

“As you heard that NAHCON Chairman said when all hopes were lost, light showed at one end and today we are having the inaugural flight for the 2024 Hajj.

“We never lost hope that we will go for hajj. We are in an era of Renewed Hope. So tell Asiwaju that his real hope is still being expected to shine everywhere.

“We are looking for more, we want more of good leadership. We want to thank the president for his leadership.

“We thank the vice president and all governors for our states who have been standing by to help the common man to survive,” he said.

According to NAHCON, all outbound flights from Nigeria to Saudi Arabia for the 2024 Hajj pilgrimage will be completed by June 10 or before.

No fewer than 50,000 Nigerian intending pilgrims will perform the 2024 Hajj in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Nigeria was given 95,000 Hajj slots for the 2024 pilgrimage.

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