Ademola Babalola in Ibadan

Those pilgrims who performed 2015 hajj exercise in Saudi Arabia through private service providers have been paid a sum of N1.7 billion being excess of their hajj fees paid to the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).

The national president of the Muslim youth umbrella body, National Council of Muslim Youth Organizations (NACOMYO), Alhaji Kamaldeen Akintunde, described it in a statement in Ibadan on Thursday, as a wholesome development.

NACOMYO noted that NAHCON’s action underscores federal government’s zero tolerance to corruption and a significant step and determination by the NAHCON leadership to addressing sharp practices that were allegedly associated with the annual pilgrimage exercise.

It called on state pilgrims Agencies and boards to ensure that the concerned pilgrims are paid accordingly and with orderliness.

It urged all stakeholders to evolve a robust synergy that will revamp Hajj operations and enhancement of pilgrims’ welfare.