The Kaduna State Government saved N221.8 million following its decision to stop sponsoring pilgrims to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. And it hopes to save more in future pilgrimage.
Mr Samuel Aruwan, Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s media aide, made this known today, as he also announced the appointment of the Emir of Birnin Gwari, Alhaji Zubairu Jibril, as the 2015 Amirul-Hajj for the state.
Aruwan 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.