By Stanley Onyekwere
The Federal Capital Territory Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board (FCT-MPWB) has concluded plans for intending Pilgrims to Saudi Arabia from the FCT to take their second dose of COVID-19 19 vaccine from next week.
A statement issued yesterday by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Board, Muhammad Lawal Aliyu, disclosed that the Health Secretariat of the FCTA has provided enough vaccines that would be administered to the intending Pilgrims from the Territory, in line with the requirements for this year’s Hajj by Saudi Arabia.
According to the statement, Director of the Board, Mallam Muhammad Nasiru DanMallam said the exercise would be carried out at the headquarters of the Board with intending Pilgrims, who registered at the headquarters on Monday and Tuesday respectively.
It added that DanMallam disclosed that intending Pilgrims from Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) are expected to take their first dose of the vaccine on Wednesday while those from Bwari Area Councils would take theirs on Thursday.
Similarly, intending Pilgrims from Gwagwalada Area Council are to be vaccinated on Friday, to be followed by those from Kuje Area Council that will be vaccinated on Monday, June 7.
The Director added that, intending Pilgrims from Kwali Area Council are to be vaccinated on Tuesday, June 8 and those from Abaji Area council are expected to take their second dose of the vaccine on Wednesday, June 9 respectively.
Furthermore, the Board called the attention of the intending Pilgrims to note that the inoculation exercise is an obligation that needed to be fulfilled to meetup with traveling requirements to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The Director therefore assured that the Board is working hard to make all necessary arrangement for the religious exercise while waiting for further directives on the 2021 Hajj from relevant authorities.