In its bid to ensure that Intending Pilgrims from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) attain an acceptable hajj this year, the FCT Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board (FCT-MPWB), has concluded arrangements to conduct the third and the final phase of education and orientation exercise.
According to the spokesperson of the Board, Muhammad Lawal Aliyu, the exercise include theoretical and practical aspects of hajj to enlighten the intending pilgrims on hajj rites and policies introduced by relevant authorities for the hajj operation.
Aliyu added that intending pilgrims from the territory at the end of the training are expected to be acquainted with the dos and don’ts of hajj operation especially while at the holy land.
He disclosed that the orientation exercise which is scheduled to take place on Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July at the permanent hajj camp, Bassan Jiwa near the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja would serve as the final educational programme before the exercise.
The FCT-MPWB spokesman further revealed that the board had already mobilized Islamic scholars within the territory to train the intending pilgrims using various local languages of the FCT for effective and efficient learning processes of the Hajj exercise.
He disclosed that the Board had already concluded medical screening of its intending pilgrims and has since commenced the process of acquiring visa through Saudi Arabian portal via National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON)
He explained that the board is due to end registration of this year’s Intending Pilgrims tomorrow, 27 June to abide by the deadline set up by the NAHCON on the registration.
According to him, the board is set to conduct inoculation of this year’s Intending Pilgrims on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July, in order to acquire the “Yellow Card” travel documents in conformity with International Travel practices.
The spokesperson therefore warned intending pilgrims who have completed their payment and are yet to submit their e-passport to do so before the closure of the registration or stand the risk of losing the hajj seat.
He also stated that those who have made deposit and are yet to complete their payment after the release of the actual hajj fare by the federal government to do so before the expiration of the deadline.