Tinubu subsidises cost of 2024 hajj with N90bn – Shettima

Shettima

Vice-President Kashim Shettima revealed on Wednesday that President Bola Tinubu’s administration had subsidized the cost of the 2024 Hajj pilgrimage with N90 billion.

Shettima made this known at the inauguration of the 2024 National Hajj operation, held at the 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.

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

” A moved that eventually succeeded in lowering the fare. The President approved the released of N90 billion to subsidized 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 the behavioural 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 well being 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.”

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, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, tasked Nigerian pilgrims with being disciplined in order to project the image of Nigeria positively.

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