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Niger gov urges N’Assembly to probe N90bn Hajj subsidy

The Niger State Governor, Mohammed Bago, has referred to as on the National Assembly to probe the N90 billion launched for 2024 Hajj subsidy operation.

The governor made the decision on Sunday in a press release by his Chief Press Secretary, Bologi Ibrahim, through which he described the efficiency of the National Hajj Commission as a “failure”.

“The N90 Billion subsidy paid by the Federal authorities for the Hajj operation, with some States together with Niger paying about Billions of naira.

“There is a need for the National Assembly to probe the N90 billion the federal government released for the 2024 hajj. it is ridiculous that pilgrims were given only $400 to take care of themselves for about 40 days despite the payment of N8 Million by each pilgrim.

“The N90 billion would have made more impact if shared with states. The money is enough to run a Universal Basic Education budget for four years,” he stated.

The governor, who took a big entourage of his cupboard together with all the feminine Permanent Secretaries of ministries and departments within the state to Saudi Arabia for the Sallah celebration, disclosed that Niger misplaced six pilgrims.

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According to him, two of the deaths have been as a consequence of medical challenges, and 4 have been because of the heatwave which killed over 1000 pilgrims.

He referred to as for a overview of the NAHCON regulation.

The governor additionally raised concern over the best way NAHCON has turned itself into an operator of Hajj actions as an alternative of being a regulatory physique, recounting the hitches pilgrims encountered,

“Let the personal sector drive Hajj operations, NAHCON must be a regulator on the centre. If NAHCON should exist, then it ought to strictly be a regulator. I’m main a committee of governors to the NGF, and from there we go to the NEC, I’ll suggest this movement, and we are going to ship a invoice to the National Assembly the place this situation of NAHCON could be reviewed.

“NAHCON is not helping matters. Our Federal Government is too big to be worried about Hajj operations, these are supposed to be Local Government issues and not even State issues. State Government should be able to organize pilgrimage and get Agents from the private sector who will do these things the best way as other Countries are doing it,” he additional said.

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