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Yobe pays N180m Hajj subsidy for pilgrims



Last Updated on May 30, 2024 by Fellow Press

The Yobe State Pilgrims Commission says it has paid N179.8 million subsidy to 1,332 pilgrims for the 2024 Hajj exercise.

Alhaji Mamman Mohammed, the Director-General, Press and Media Affairs to Gov. Mai Mala Buni, stated this to newsmen in Damaturu on Thursday.

Mohammed said the Chairman of the commission, Alhaji Mai Aliyu, made the disclosure while briefing the governor on how the pilgrims were transported to Saudi Arabia for the exercise.

Aliyu was quoted as saying that each of the 1,332 pilgrims received N135,000 Basic Travelling Allowance (BTA) subsidy approved by the governor.

“All the 1,332 pilgrims and officials of the commission have been transported to Saudi Arabia.

“They landed in Medina the second holy city to perform religious obligations and visitations in Medina, and have now proceeded to Makkah, except for the very few still in Medina,” he said.

The chairman said the commission secured hotel accommodation for the pilgrims within walking distance of the Holy mosques in Medina and Makkah.

He said all the pilgrims were in good condition, and prayed for peace and prosperity in the state and the country at large.

Buni commended the commission and the airliners, for transporting the pilgrims to the Holy land in good time.

The governor called on the commission to always put the welfare of the pilgrims before anything.

“The commission is there to serve the pilgrims; you should execute your duties and responsibilities to serve the pilgrims better,” he said.

The governor also called on the pilgrims to conduct themselves peacefully to perform the Hajj in accordance with the tradition of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him).

Buni prayed Allah to accept the pilgrims’ religious obligation and for their safe return home.


Minimum wage: Archbishop urges compromise



Last Updated on June 9, 2024 by Fellow Press

Archbishop Joseph Ojo, General Overseer of the Calvary Kingdom Church, Okokomaiko, Lagos State, on Saturday urged labour leaders and the Federal Government to reach a compromise as regards a new minimum wage.

Ojo made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

The archbishop described wage negotiation as a social contract that should be approached with empathy by parties.

According to him compromise is needed in the matter to save the country from anxiety.

“They should consider the fact that the unemployed are much more than the few that are in government employment.

“The federal, states and local governments only employed some workers.

“Others are in firms owned and operated by individuals that might not be able to pay higher wage.

“The higher they push it, the higher the inability of the unemployed to survive, because firms, which struggle to pay staff, may not talk of hiring new ones,” he said.

The cleric said that lack of employment might result in increase in crimes.

“There are private sector employers, who cannot cope with what the federal or states will offer,” he added.

The cleric said that high wage bill might compel private schools to increase school bills to meet up with overhead costs.

“Some parents will not meet up, and their children would be forced to drop out of school,” he said.

He also advised governments to consider subsisting social-economic variables, such as cost of food items, transport and medical bills, and offer a sustainable minimum wage.

“The parties ought to put all these into consideration to achieve progress in their negotiation,” the cleric said.

NAN reports that the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress are now demanding N250, 000 as a new minimum wage.

The Federal Government has offered to pay N62,000.

Negotiations are ongoing.

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Over 200 intending pilgrims protest in Ilorin over faulty aircraft



Last Updated on June 7, 2024 by Fellow Press

No fewer than 200 intending pilgrims from Kwara on Friday protested at llorin international Airport over the inability of an aircraft to transport them to Saudi Arabia.

The pilgrims, officials of the State Pilgrims Welfare Board and the 2024 state Amirul Hajj had boarded the aircraft since Thursday.

The aircraft was, however, said to have developed a technical fault.

Some engineers with the Federal Airport Authority had been making frantic efforts to repair the faulty aircraft since Thursday without success.

Consequently, some of the intending pilgrims staged a protest over the development.

The intending pilgrims, alongside their relations, took the protest to the highway linking the airport with other communities to express their displeasure over the situation.

Some of the protesters were seen singing solidarity songs condemning the situation, especially since they are the tenth and last batch from the state.

Sen. lbrahim Oloriegbe, the state’s 2024 Amirul Hajj, while speaking with NAN, attributed the failure to transport the last batch of the pilgrims to faulty aircraft.

Oloriegbe said the intending pilgrims had boarded the aircraft since Thursday but were unable to be transported following the development.

The Amirul hajj said that they are expecting another aircraft from Medinnah to transport the intending pilgrims and the officials.

He appealed to them to exercise patience, as the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria was on top of the situation.

He said that the board would continue to cater for the feeding of the intending pilgrims pending when they would be transported to the holy land.

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