Stories Stanley Onyekwere
The FCT Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board (FCT-MPWB) is will today commence the registration of intending pilgrims for the 2020 hajj exercise across the six area councils and the head office of the Board located at the central business district, Abuja.
A statement from the board’s spokesperson, Muhammad Lawal Aliyu said that intending pilgrims who wish to perform the pilgrimage through the Board are to register in maximum of three installments.
It revealed that intending pilgrims are expected to present a bank draft of minimum of N500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira) only payable to the FCT-MPWB, Abuja to book for a seat for the 2020 hajj exercise.
It added that prospective intending pilgrims are to deposit an average of N1,500,000.00 (one million, five hundred thousand naira) by the end of March 2020 pending the release of the actual hajj fare by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).
“All intending pilgrims must be guaranteed by chief Imam of any of the Area Council or a Traditional Ruler or a Senior Civil Servant of not less than Grade Level 12 as contained in the Guideline for the registration of intending Pilgrims by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).
“In addition, according to Muhammad Lawal, female intending Pilgrims would only be registered with their male guide (Muharam) in line with the Saudi Arabian government regulations.
“The Board has resolved to register intending pilgrims on first-come first-served basis while first timers would be given priority,” the statement said.