Hajj: El-Rufa’i saves N221m from sponsorship stoppage


Appoints Emir of Birnin Gwari, Alhaji Zubairu Jibril, as the 2015 Amirul-HajjThe Kaduna State Government said it has saved N221  after the stoppage of sponsorship of pilgrimage in the stateIn a statement by the media aide to Gov. Nasiru El-Rufa’i Mr Samuel Aruwan, on Saturday in Kaduna, while announcing the appointment of  Emir of Birnin Gwari, Alhaji Zubairu Jibril, as the 2015 Amirul-Hajj for the state, the statement explained that government’s decision to stop sponsoring people for pilgrimageshas 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)