Hajj: Katsina gov’t owes hotel accommodation providers N30m in Saudi
The Katsina State government under the leadership of Governor Aminu Bello Masari is owning no less than 120,000 Saudi riyals in 2016 and 140,000 Saudi riyals in 2017 hotel accommodation fees for Pilgrims from the state in the holy land of Saudi Arabia.
This according to Katsina Post checks is equivalent to N30 million.
This was revealed by the chairman of the Katsina State Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Salisu Ado shinkafi while submitting the 2018 Hajj Report to the Governor.
The Chairman of the board also requested the governor to refund the money to avoid creating bad blood with accommodation providers in Mecca.
On his part, the Katsina State Governor warned the board against accommodating international pilgrims at the expense of pilgrims that paid hajj fares through the board.
The Governor explained that the thirty million naira owed accommodation providers was due to illegal provision of rooms to international pilgrims, which made the board to acquire additional accommodation for state owned pilgrims.
He assured that the thirty million naira would be settled even if in installment.
Alhaji Aminu Masari also warned the Ulamas to stop inciting the pilgrims against food being served at the holy land.
He said most of the state pilgrims are villagers and have a feel of the food for the first time and could therefore not complain.
He said the ulamas however instead of teaching the pilgrims on the rudiments of hajj exercise turn round to instigate the pilgrims to stage protest on either food or accommodation.
He said the conduct of Hajj is by no means an easy task and as such intending pilgrims must be told not to expect honey and bed of roses in the Holy land.
Alhaji Aminu Masari assured that government would study the report to guide future conduct of the hajj exercise in the state.
Earlier the chairman of the board and Bunun katsina, Alhaji Salisu Ado Shinkafi spoke at length on the achievements so far recorded in the 2018 hajj exercise.