Breaking: Governor Abiodun Douses tension over BTA differentials for Ogun Muslim Pilgrims


Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has doused the   palpable tension among the  Ogun State Muslim  Pilgrims by ameliorating  the shortfall in their Basic Travel Allowance (BTA) as a result of unexpected  vagaries of the foreign exchange rates.

While NAHCON used 1,252.01 per dollar to calculate hajj fare (BTA inclusive) to give 500 USD as BTA to each pilgrim, the CBN released BTA at 1,530.86 per dollar, which gave each pilgrim 415USD instead of 500USD earlier proposed.

Going by  this development and in order to give each pilgrim 500USD at the new exchange rate of 1,530.86 per dollar, the differential to be paid for the State 934 pilgrims stood at N119,560,712.70.


In the face of the shorfall therefore,  and in an effort to make  the 934 State pilgrims perform their hajj rites without stress as well as making  them comfortable during the hajj exercise, the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun with dispatch, has intervened by paying BTA differential of the sum of  119,560,712.70 for all the 934 State pilgrims for 2024 Hajj Exercise. 

This prompt intervention  by the Governor will enable the pilgrims   to collect 500USD agreed without blemish and douse every anxiety earlier caused by the sudden increment.

To this end, the Consultant to the Governor  on Islamic Affairs, Sheik Iskeel  Lawal, expressed appreciation to the Governor for the timely intervention and prayed for the continuous success of the administration.

Meanwhile, Governor Dapo Abiodun,  has implored the pilgrims to be patriotic and  pray  fervently for the state in particular and Nigeria at large, adding that the courage and sagacity exhibited by President Bola Tinubu in the quest of changing the ugly narrative of the past require robust spiritual support from all Nigerians. 

"As you are going on this special and highly essential spiritual exercise in the holy land,  you are expected to pray for the sustainability of this tempo of development and transformation embarked upon by our administration in Ogun State.

"In the same vein, our President,  Asiwaju Bola Hammed Tinubu needs your supplications and fervent prayer to continue  with his  courageous and selfless move towards changing the ugly past for the survival of our nation", Abiodun averred .

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