By: Mohammed Lawal Aliyu
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, commences second phase of education and orientation exercise for Intending Pilgrims, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April 2023.
The resumption of preparations for this year’s Hajj exercise is coming as Muslims complete fasting of the Islamic month of Ramadan.
The Director of the Board, Mallam Abubakar Adamu Evuti, who disclosed this in Abuja stated that activities have been outlined to actualise the success of the operation and ensure that intending pilgrims are well prepared for the spiritual journey to the holy land of Saudi Arabia.
Evuti explained that the Board would ensure that all intending pilgrims get the rudiments of performing Hajj in order to have value for their hard-earned money paid to perform the religious obligation.
The Director also disclosed that intending pilgrims, who paid through Abaji, Kwali and Gwagwalada Area Councils as well as those who registered through the Hajj Saving Scheme would be trained on Saturday 29th April 2023, while those who registered through the Headquarters, Bwari, Kuje and Abuja Municipal Area Councils would have their orientation exercise on Sunday 30th April 2023 at the Permanent Hajj Camp located at Bassan-Jiwa, close to the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.
He revealed that Islamic scholars and relevant stakeholders have already been mobilized for the exercise scheduled to take place from 8am each day.
Evuti added that the orientation exercises to be conducted in phases would enable the intending pilgrims get enlightened on the Hajj rites as well as guidelines and new policies introduced for this year’s operation by the Saudi authorities and National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).
The Director further revealed that medical screening for the intending pilgrims would be conducted from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th May, while inoculation exercise for all the intending pilgrims would be conducted from Monday 15th to Wednesday 17th May 2023 in consonance with the procedure for the trip to Saudi Arabia.
He advised intending pilgrims to participate in all activities earmarked by the Board for proper guidance to get value for their money.
Evuti, therefore, warned all intending pilgrims, who are yet to return their completed application forms or submit their international Passport to do so to enable the Board fast track the process of obtaining their travel documents in good time before the commencement of airlift to Saudi Arabia.