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Hajj: FCT gets 1537 slots, asks intending pilgrims to top up deposit to N2.5m

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has allocated 1,537 seats to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for this year’s hajj exercise. The Director of…

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has allocated 1,537 seats to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for this year’s hajj exercise.

The Director of the FCT Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Mallam Muhammad Nasiru Danmallam, disclosed this while briefing top management staff of the Board in his office after a meeting with NAHCON and states chief executives of States Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards, Commissions and Agencies.

Danmallam advised those who made deposit in respect of the Hajj to ensure that their deposits get up to N2.5 million before the conclusion of the final hajj fare.

He explained that due to current realities, the cost for this year’s hajj is projected to be about N2.5m and therefore stressed the need for the intending pilgrims to top up their deposit and await final hajj fare after conclusion with service providers in Saudi Arabia.

He, therefore, advised those who registered with the Board to raise their deposit via a bank draft to the officials of the board across the six area council secretariats of the territory and the headquarters where they made their initial deposits.

The Director said the Board and other officials would soon travel to Saudi Arabia to finalise arrangements on accommodation, feeding and transportation as well as other services with relevant service providers to conclude the component of hajj fare for the 2022 exercise.

He said the Board would continue with its preparation for the 2022 hajj with the second phase of education and orientation exercise on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of May which is immediately after Eid Fitr festivity.

He advised intending pilgrims to avail themselves the opportunity and get acquainted with the knowledge on hajj and relevant policies for the exercise.

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