2021 Hajj: Katsina gov’t arranges for refund to intending pilgrims
The Katsina State Pilgrims Welfare Board says it has began arrangements to pay any intending pilgrim who may wish to request for refund for the just canceled Hajj for International Pilgrims for 2021 season.
This is contained in a statement signed by the board’s public relations officer, Badaru Bello Karofi and made available to newsmen including Katsina Post.
The statement reads in part: “the Katsina State Pilgrims Welfare Board has received news of the cancellation of Hajj for International Pilgrims for 2021 season from the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).
“The cancellation for two years in row is as a result of the continuing Covid-19 Pandemic and the emergence of new variants.
“Just like NAHCON, the Katsina State Pilgrims Welfare Board respect the decision of the Saudi Arabian Authorities no matter how painful it may be to us as Hajj administrators and the teeming intending Pilgrims from the globe.
“Accordingly, the State Government as well as the Board wishes to symphatise with the intending pilgrims (The 2020 roll-over and 2021) and other stakeholders and thank them for their understanding and cooperation at the turn of every event.
“In light of the foregoing, the Katsina State Pilgrims Welfare Board is making arrangements to pay any depositor who may wish to request for refund, while those wishing to roll-over their deposits to 2022 Hajj willingly are free to do so on conditions to be provided in due course.
“Finally, the Board wish to solicit for prayers of all, to Allah SWT to bring an end to this pandemic, so that Hajj exercise in particular will continue without any restriction or limitation.”