The Kano State government has released the sum of N789.5 million for the state Pilgrims Welfare Board for the conduct of 2016 Hajj operations.
Speaking to journalists on the outcome of State Executive Council meeting held at Kano Government House on Wednesday, the state Commissioner of Information, Youth and Culture, Muhammad Garba, said the amount is meant for operational expenditure and other related logistics.
The commissioner remarked that as a result of the national austerity measures and devaluation of the naira, the state government had reduced its Hajj operation staff from 80 to 40 while supporting staff were scaled down from 175 to 99 personnel.
Mr. Garba also said henceforth, the state government would only sponsor four members of the board of the agency to Hajj as against the usual ten members for this year’s Hajj exercise.
Also affected by the rationalization in the state Hajj contingent, according to Mr. Garba, are “the medical team cut from from 21 to 13, Hajj training facilitators minimized to 10 from 21, Hajj Tribunal from 10 to 3, adding that the number of pressmen and Hisbah Guards was also reduced from 7 and 10 to five respectively”.