• We’ll not intervene if you are caught with kolanuts in Saudi Arabia – Jigawa warns Hajj pilgrims

    We’ll not intervene if you are caught with kolanuts in Saudi Arabia – Jigawa warns Hajj pilgrims

    The Jigawa State Pilgrims Welfare Board says Government will not intervene for anybody who is caught with kolanuts in Saudi Arabia.

    The Head of Operations of the Board, Alhaji Ahmed Labbo, gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Dutse on Wednesday.

    Labbo added that Saudi Arabia had warned intending pilgrims against exportation of kolanuts to the Holy Land.

    He said: “Saudi Government has banned pilgrims from taking kolanuts to the holy cities of Medina and Mecca during […]

  • FG Does Not Give Waiver to Hajj Pilgrims over foreign exchange — NAHCON debunks

    FG Does Not Give Waiver to Hajj Pilgrims over foreign exchange — NAHCON debunks

    The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) says the Federal Government has not given foreign exchange waiver to Nigerian pilgrims performing hajj this year.

    The commission’s Head of Media, Alhaji Uba Mana, made the clarification in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday. “The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria wishes to draw the attention of the public that the Federal Government has not given foreign exchange waiver to Nigerian pilgrims performing this year’s hajj.

    “If there is one thing that the Government did […]

  • Nigerians condemn FG for dollar subsidy to Hajj pilgrims

    Nigerians condemn FG for dollar subsidy to Hajj pilgrims

    Many Nigerians have condemned the Federal Government for selling forex exchange to Hajj pilgrims at a subsidised rate of N197 to the dollar.

    The Central Bank of Nigeria had released a circular stating that forex would be made available to the pilgrims at the rate.

    However, several criticisms have trailed the announcement.

    Nigerians said it was not reasonable for the Federal Government to subsidise the dollar for pilgrims when manufacturers, students and businesses were getting it at an official rate of N310 and […]

  • CBN Directs Banks to Sell Dollars to Intending Hajj Pilgrims at N197 to $1

    CBN Directs Banks to Sell Dollars to Intending Hajj Pilgrims at N197 to $1

    According to reports, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Thursday directed all banks and authorised forex dealers to sell dollars to pilgrims going for the 2016 Hajj at a concessionary exchange rate of N197 to the US dollar.

    The circular published on its website, titled TED/FEM/FPC/GEN/01/005 read in part:

    Each pilgrim is entitled to purchase a minimum of US$750.00 and maximum of US$1,000.00 as The Federal Government has approved that intending pilgrims are to be sold the Pilgrims Travelling Allowance (PTA) at […]

  • Kano pays N460m accommodation subsidy for 2016 Hajj pilgrims

    Kano pays N460m accommodation subsidy for 2016 Hajj pilgrims

    The Kano State Government said it has paid N460 million accommodation subsidy for its 5,600 Hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia in 2016.

    The State’s Deputy Governor, Hafiz Abubakar, made this known while launching a training workshop for the state pilgrims in Kano on Saturday.

    Mr. Abubakar, a professor, said the state government found it necessary to pay the money in order to secure decent accommodation for the pilgrims.

    According to him, the state government had already secured houses for the pilgrims very close […]