Governor Sanwo-Olu Intervenes, Pays $100 Shortfall in BTA for Lagos Pilgrims



Governor Sanwo-Olu Intervenes, Pays $100 Shortfall in BTA for Lagos Pilgrims

By Gambo Jagindi
May 26, 2024

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has demonstrated his commitment to the welfare of the state’s pilgrims by paying the $100 shortfall in the Basic Travel Allowance (BTA) for those embarking on the 2024 Hajj pilgrimage.

The gesture comes after the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) reduced the BTA from $500 to $400 due to foreign exchange rate instability, affecting some pilgrims who had already collected the full amount.

The reduction had sparked concerns among the pilgrims, who described it as unfair and unacceptable. However, Governor Sanwo-Olu’s intervention has brought relief to the affected pilgrims, demonstrating his administration’s dedication to their well-being.

In addition to paying the shortfall, Governor Sanwo-Olu also approved the payment of sacrificial rams, Ihram clothing, and visitation to historical sites in Makkah and Madinah for the 1,875 intending pilgrims from Lagos State.

The airlift of pilgrims from Lagos State commenced on Friday, with FlyNas operating the flights from Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. Governor Sanwo-Olu urged the pilgrims to conduct themselves with respect, obey rules and regulations, and be good ambassadors of Nigeria and Lagos State.

He also highlighted the spiritual significance of Hajj, emphasizing the importance of being free from sins and seeking spiritual benefits, knowledge, and closeness to Allah.

With this gesture, Governor Sanwo-Olu has once again demonstrated his commitment to the welfare of Lagos State citizens, ensuring that their spiritual journey is hitch-free and memorable.

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