FCT Board begins refund of fares to Muslim Pilgrims

By Hudu Yakubu, Abuja 


The Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board has started refunding Pilgrims who paid above the actual hajj fare and performed the just concluded 2019 hajj in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The board’s spokesperson, Muhammad Aliyu said that the refund was as a result of reduction of 2019 hajj fare after a review by service providers during the exercise by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, (NAHCON).

Malam Aliyu explained that all pilgrims who paid the initial hajj fare which was above N1,497,480.65k for the hajj exercise would benefit from the refund.

He further advised pilgrims who have paid above the approved hajj fare and participated in the exercise through the Board in 2019 to forward their application for the refund stating their bank account details and receipt of payment as no cash payment would be entertained for the refunds.

According to the Spokesperson, ”Pilgrims who have already supplied the board with the relevant documents should not bother to apply again as the board has reached advanced stage in processing the payment of the refund.”

Relevant document
Malam Aliyu said; ”the relevant document 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 to claim the refund.”

He explained that Pilgrims who have no bank account are expected to forward letter authorising the board to pay the money into third party’s account which the detail shall be provided by the beneficiary.


Mercy Chukwudiebere