The Executive Secretary, Taraba Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Umar Leme, has said that the state government released N288.5 million to sponsor about 166 intending pilgrims for the 2016 pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.
He said the gesture of Gov.Darius Ishaku administration was to assist the less privileged Muslims to perform one of the major pillars of Islam.
Leme who spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Jalingo, commended Ishaku for his support in ensuring a successful hajj operation.
He said that 1,300 pilgrims from Taraba would perform the hajj, adding that about N1.1billion had already been paid to the National Hajj Commission as fees for the intending pilgrims.
Leme said that 500 additional seats were allocated to the state, adding that people were not forthcoming to pay.
According to him, about 1,080 passports have so far been sent to the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Kano, and that preparations were at advanced stage of completion.
Leme said that the board had secured befitting accommodation for all the pilgrims in both Makkah and Madinah, while new caterers have been engaged.
He warned pilgrims against contravening Saudi Arabian laws. (NAN)