*Executive Secretary, Muhammad Abu Rimi said it was CBN directive
Several pilgrims to this year’s Hajj have complained of reduction in their expected Basic Travel Allowances (BTA) issued by their state Pilgrims Welfare Boards, Daily Trust gathered.
Intending pilgrims from Katsina state, especially those who paid for first class seats expressed worry over the BTA issued to them. It was gathered that the pilgrims who were expecting about $1500 USD were paid $1000 Dollars only.
A pilgrim who pleaded anonymity said the states pilgrim welfare board paid him $1000 Dollars having paid a first class seat which attracts $1500 as BTA.
When contacted, the Executive Secretary of the Katsina state pilgrims welfare board, Abu Rimi said the issues arose from a recent circular issued to them from National Hajj commission and CBN that only $1000 Dollars is to be paid to all those who had earlier deposited for first class seat as against $1500 dollars.
(Culled from Dailytrust)