Hajj: Payment Closes By Monday, FCTA Tells Intending Pilgrims

Fawaz Adebisi

The Federal Capital Territory  Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board has told intending pilgrims to complete their payment on or before Monday, adding that failure to do so might lead to their slots being forfeited.

The Director of the Board, Mallam Abubakar Adamu Evuti, gave this directive on Wednesday, at a press briefing in Abuja, explaining that intending pilgrims, who made a deposit of N2, 500,000.00 have up till Monday, May 8, to balance the N2,919,000.00 approved by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) for this year’s exercise.

He further explained that as a result of the earlier set April 21 deadline by NAHCON, a total of 3651 intending pilgrims completed their payments and the board had since continued with the process of securing their visa.

The Director also mentioned that once the portal is available, the Board would start the process of visa application and printing for the trip.

Additionally, the Director stated that the Board had made preparations to evaluate the health condition and capability of potential pilgrims to perform the hajj.

He said, “the exercise will commence on Friday, May 5, 2023, with intending pilgrims from Bwari Area Council and headquarters, followed by those from Abaji, Kwali and Gwagwalada Area Councils on Saturday, May 6.

‘’Those who registered through Kuje and Abuja Municipal area councils, as well as those who registered under the Hajj Savings Scheme, will be screened on Sunday, May 7.”

Malam Evuti, in his words, said that the inoculation exercise which, would allow the Board to secure yellow card for this year’s intending pilgrims would be conducted simultaneously with the final phase (practical) of the Education and Orientation exercise on Saturday, May 13 to Sunday, May 14.

Assuring intending pilgrims of the best services ever in hajj exercises, he said the board had already secured befitting accommodations for intending pilgrims around Hafair area in Makkah that are of short distances to the holy Masj.

He therefore commended the FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Bello, the Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, the Permanent Secretary, Mr Olusade Adesola and the Director, Human Resources, Mallam Muhammad Bashir for their support to the Board.

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