The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Abuja, will conduct its first phase of education and orientation exercise for Intending Pilgrims for this year’s Hajj on Saturday, 18th and Sunday, 19th March 2023.
A statement by the Spokesperson of the Board, Muhammad Lawal Aliyu, disclosed that Islamic scholars have already been mobilized for the exercise scheduled to take place at the FCT Permanent Hajj camp located at Basan Jiwa close to the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.
Muhammad Lawal explained that the exercise would be conducted in phases to enlighten the intending pilgrims on the Hajj rites and new policies introduced for this year’s Hajj by the Saudi authorities and the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).
The Public Relations Officer advised Intending Pilgrims from the territory for this year’s Hajj to participate in all programmes organized by the board to assist them in attaining acceptable Hajj. Furthermore, he advised intending pilgrims, particularly the first-timers, to take advantage of the exercise and enhance their Islamic knowledge of Hajj rites and proper guidance to get value for their money.
He, therefore, warned all intending pilgrims who are yet to return their completed application forms or submit their international Passports to do so to enable the Board to commence the process of their travel documents.
Similarly, the statement called on those Intending Pilgrims who missed last year’s Hajj to update their documentation with the Board. Those who deposited less than 2.5 Million Naira have been requested to top up their deposit to book a seat for the 2023 Hajj exercise.
2023 HAJJ: FCT MPWB BEGINS ORIENTATION OF INTENDING PILGRIMS
The Board also requested those who made deposits regarding the previous Hajj but missed the exercise due to any reason to report to the Board with the original receipt of payment to declare their interest to participate in this year’s Hajj or get a refund.
He explained that the measure became necessary to enable the Board to develop the existing list of Intending Pilgrims for this year’s exercise. The statement disclosed that only Intending Pilgrims who deposited up to the minimum threshold of N2.5 million and above would be shortlisted for this year’s Hajj from the FCT before releasing the actual Hajj fare by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).
Muhammad Lawal Aliyu
14TH MARCH, 2023
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