Gov. El-Rufa’i appoints Amirul Hajj, saves N221m from sponsorship stoppage

Malam Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai

Malam Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai

The Kaduna State Government said it has appointed the Emir of Birnin Gwari, Alhaji Zubairu Jibril, as the 2015 Amirul-Hajj for the state.

In a statement by the media aide to Gov. Nasiru El-Rufa’i Mr Samuel Aruwan, on Saturday in Kaduna, it explained that government’s decision to stop sponsoring people for pilgrimages has saved the state more than N221.8 million.

The statement however said the government would send 116 officials and guides that would ensure smooth Hajj operations for the 5,682 pilgrims from the state.

The government will discharge its obligation to the pilgrims and send a delegation of guides, preachers, medical personnel, media professionals and pilgrim officers.

The official delegation will be led by the Emir of Birnin-Gwari, Alhaji Zubairu Jibril, who is the 2015 Amirul-Hajj.

In subsequent years, government will consider ways of further reducing its expenses while protecting the comfort of pilgrims,’’ it said. (NAN)

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1 Comment
  • emmanuel kalu

    The govt should not be in the business of religious trips in any shape or form. This are private events that each person partaking in them, should provide the security and everything they require. This is a pure waste of money that nigeria govt needs to stop