NASS seeks special exchange rates for Nigerian pilgrims- Lawmaker

By: Ado Hassan,   Sokoto
‎A House of Representatives member, Dr. Balarabe Abdullahi Salame (APC-Sokoto) has said that the National Assembly is making a move for special dollar exchange rate for both Christian and Muslim pilgrimages.

Salame who made the disclosure in Sokoto Thursday at the maiden edition of stewardship forum for state and national assembly lawmakers organised by the state chapter of NUJ in collaboration with the state APC represents Illela/Gwadabawa federal constituency.

According to Salame who is also the Chairman, Nigeria-Saudi Arabia Special Committee on Hajj explained that the gesture is tailored at lessening the suffering of the prospective pilgrims, as well as enable more Nigerians to perform pilgrimages in Saudi Arabia and Israel.

He further stated that” the federal government gave an exchange rate of N 360 to a dollar this year and this is on the high side.

” That was why even the 2017 hajj fare for the Muslim pilgrimage soared to N 1.52 million, per each prospective pilgrim,” Salame, added.

However, commenting on the current ant graft war, Salame who expressed optimism that the steps being taken were apt and commendable also lauded the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari, adding” so far, so good.”

The lawmaker noted that corruption was everywhere, even in religion, stressing that more should be done to tame the socio-economic monster.

He also applauded the efforts of the federal government to further secure the lives and property of Nigerians while urging the top tier of government to establish warehouses at borders for vehicle importers across Nigeria.

” They can bring in vehicles, pay the appropriate duties and move them into the hinterlands, rather than the outright ban of vehicles through the land borders,” the lawmaker, appealed.

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