By Everest Samuel Ikechukwu
The FCT Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board (FMPWB) has warned intending pilgrims for the 2018 Hajj operations that it would not entertain payment by proxy.
This is coming as the Board is set to commence the registration of its intending pilgrims for the next year’s hajj exercise on Monday, December 4, across the six area councils of the territory.
A statement signed by the board’s spokesperson, Muhammad Lawal Aliyu said intending pilgrims who wish to perform the pilgrimage through the Board are to present a bank draft of minimum of N1,000,000.00 (One Million Naira) only payable to the FCTMPWB, Abuja and their International Passports, to book for a seat pending the release of the actual hajj fare by the federal government.
The statement added that old timers are to pay additional two thousand Saudi Riyals (SR2000:00) for the exercise.
Similarly, it noted that all intending pilgrims must be guaranteed by chief Imam of Area Council or Traditional Ruler or a Senior Civil Servant of not less than Grade Level 12 as contained in the Guideline for the registration of 2018 intending Pilgrims by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).
In addition, female intending Pilgrims would only be registered with their male guide (Muharam) in line with the Saudi Arabian government regulations.
He stressed that the Board has resolved to register intending pilgrims on first-come first-served basis while first timers would be given priority.
The statement further revealed that the Area Councils structure of the board is to be reshuffled to ensure efficiency, proficiency and safeguard against fraud in this year’s hajj exercise.
The Acting Director of the Board, Alhaji Shehu Abubakar disclosed this at the opening of an in-house training for Area Officers of the board for the registration of the 2018 intending pilgrims.
Abubakar said the measure became necessary in order to ensure transparency in the registration of the 2018 hajj exercise and ensure that intending pilgrims from the territory get the best service ever in the history of hajj operation in the FCT.
The Acting Director warned the staff against corruption and any act capable of tarnishing the image of the Administration as the Board would not condone any act of indiscipline among the staff toward the success of the operation.
He also stressed the need for the staff of the board to ensure prudence in the exercise and charged them to carry out their duty diligently and desist from abuse of office.
He warned them to treat their intending pilgrims with dignity by performing their duty diligently in line with the administration’s desire for excellent service delivery.
Alhaji Shehu Abubakar reminded them to work harder to improve on the success recorded in the last hajj operation and not to derail from the set rules and regulations of the hajj exercise.