Katsina sub­sidises Hajj with N1b

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Habibu Umar Aminu, Katsina

About N1 bil­lion is be­ing ex­pended by the Katsina State gov­ern­ment an­nu­ally to sub­sidise Hajj ex­er­cise, Gov­er­nor Aminu Masari has said.

Speak­ing at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of a 18-mem­ber newly con­sti­tuted Pil­grims Wel­fare Board, Masari said the sub­sidy was aimed at en­hanc­ing the wel­fare of the pil­grims.

He said Hajj ex­er­cise was not a pic­nic nor hol­i­day but an art of wor­ship, and asked pil­grims to be up­right and do what was ex­pected of them by wor­ship­ping and pray­ing.

In his re­mark, the new chair­man of the Board and Bu­nun Katsina, Al­haji Sal­isu Ado shinkafi promised to do what was ex­pected of them and called for co­op­er­a­tion from the pil­grims to achieve suc­cess.

About 1020 out of the 4930 pil­grims from the state have since been air­lifted to Saudi Ara­bia.

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