Economic woes: Niger State stops sponsorship for pilgrims

Faced with several economic difficulties, the Niger State governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, on Monday announced that the state government will no longer sponsor pilgrims to visit Jerusalem and Mecca.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Jibrin Baba Ndace.

“In view of the present national economic challenges – a situation well known to all, sponsorship of pilgrims to holy land to perform pilgrimage has been put on hold with immediate effect,” the governor said.

“Government is committed to supporting our people in fulfilling their religious obligation but the dwindling economic fortunes of the state, in the face of other equally people oriented demands, sponsorship of pilgrims to Hajj and Jerusalem is hereby suspended.”

 

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