Abeokuta - Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State on Tuesday directed that all state 1 565 pilgrims in Saudi Arabia be paid 80 Riyals each as welfare allowance.
Mr Qudus Kafidipe, the Information Officer, Ogun State Muslim Pilgrims’ Welfare Board, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview from Mecca, Saudi Arabia that the donation was to support the pilgrims on feeding.
Dr Isiaq Yusuf, the Chairman of the Board, was reported to have delivered the Governor's message to the pilgrims while adddressing them at their camp in Mecca.
According to him, the monetary assistance is meant to supplement their cost of feeding while performing the obligatory rites at the Muna camp, where they are expected to stay for three after descending mount of Arafat.
Yusuf gave the assurance that the State Government would not relent in taking steps necessary to ensure their well-being while the exercise lasted
"A special package has been provided for all pilgrims from the state personally by Gov. Amosun, to aid in the area of feeding while on the four-day stay in Muna camp."
NAN reports that 95 000 pilgrims from Nigeria will on Thursday join millions of pilgrims from all over the world on Mount Arafat.