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Zulum supports Borno pilgrims with N521.4m for BTA, sacrificial rams

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Zulum supports Borno pilgrims with N521.4m for BTA, sacrificial rams

Story from Aliyu ASKIRA

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State has approved the release of N521.4m for the purchase of sacrificial rams and payment of the differential balance recorded in pilgrims Basic Travel Allowance, BTA.

Senator Kaka-Shehu Lawan, Chairman of the state Amirul Hajj Committee, made this known on Wednesday in Maiduguri while briefing newsmen.

Mr Lawan said the measure was to ensure that Borno pilgrims were properly mobilised to perform the Hajj exercise with ease.

According to him, the sum of N261m was for the purchase of sacrificial animals, while N260.4m was for the BTA differential.

While reiterating the commitment of the state government to the welfare of pilgrims, he urged the pilgrims to pray for leaders, more peace and prosperity of the state and nation in general.

According to him, the initial arrangement was for each pilgrim to receive 415 dollars instead of 500 dollars, adding that providing the balance was a big relief to many pilgrims in the holy land.

He thanked the governor for his support to the committee towards ensuring a smooth exercise.

He said that all pilgrims from the state are hale and hearty and ready to commence the Hajj exercise by Friday.

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