Stories by Stanley Onyekwere
The Federal Capital Territory Muslim Pilgrims’ Welfare Board (FCT-MPWB)has fixed Wednesday 27th as deadline for registration of intending pilgrims for 2018 Hajj exercise in Saudi Arabia, to enable the board abide by the deadline set up by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) to complete the process of e-registration of all intending pilgrims by the end of this month.
The Director of the Board, Mallam Muhammad Bashir, made the disclosure during a meeting of top management staff of the Board after reviewing the progress report of the 2018 hajj operation.
Mallam Bashir also advised those who have deposit and are yet to complete their balance to do so before the deadline while those who have not submitted their e-passport or National Identification Number (NIN) to submit them before the expiration of the deadline or risk the chances of performing the hajj this year.
According to him, at the expiration of the deadline, the board would complete the process of registration for this year as directed by the NAHCON regardless of the number of intending pilgrims who completed the process.
He also disclosed that the board has scheduled Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June for Medical screening of intending pilgrims who have either miss the earlier exercise or made payment after the first medical screening exercise.
Furthermore, stated that the medical screening which would be conducted at the permanent hajj camp on the stipulated days would serve as the last chance for the intending pilgrims.
The Director stated that in order to enable the intending pilgrims obtain the basic knowledge of the spiritual journey, the board has fixed Saturday 30th of June and Sunday 1st of July for its third phase of education and orientation exercise.
It could be recalled that the board has conducted series of education and orientation exercises as well as medical screening before the commencement of Islamic month of Ramadan fasting.