The Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has resumed orientation for pilgrims this year.
A statement issued to journalists by the board’s public relations officer, Muhammad Aliyu, said the second phase of the pilgrim education and orientation exercise will begin on Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30, 2023, after the fast of the Islamic month. of Ramadan.
Board Director Mallam Abubakar Evuti who revealed that the activities have been outlined to update the success of the operation and ensure that the pilgrims are well prepared for the spiritual journey to the holy land of Saudi Arabia.
Evuti explained that the Board would ensure that future pilgrims get the rudiments of performing the hajj so that their hard-earned money has value to fulfill the religious obligation.
The Director revealed that future pilgrims who paid through the Abaji, Kwali and Gwagwalada area councils, as well as those who registered through the Hajj Savings Scheme, would be trained on Saturday 29 April, while those who registered through Headquarters, Bwari, Kuje and Abuja Municipal Area councils would have their orientation exercise on Sunday 30th of this month at the permanent Hajj camp located at Bassan Jiwa, near Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.
He said that as usual, Islamic scholars and relevant stakeholders have already mobilized for the exercise scheduled to take place from 8 a.m. every day.
The statement added that the phased orientation exercises would enable future pilgrims to learn about the rites of the hajj, as well as the guidelines and new policies introduced for this year’s hajj by the Saudi authorities and the National Hajj Commission. Nigerian Hajj (NAHCON). .
He revealed that the medical examination for future pilgrims would take place from Friday, May 5 to Sunday, May 7, while the inoculation exercise for all future pilgrims would take place from Monday, May 15 to Wednesday, May 17, 2023 in accordance with the procedure for the trip to Saudi Arabia. .
He advised the pilgrims that they intend to participate in all the activities indicated by the Board for an adequate orientation to obtain value for their money without any type of impediment.
Evuti therefore advised all pilgrims who have yet to return their completed application forms or submit their international passports to do so to allow the Board to speed up the process of obtaining their travel documents in time before the start. of air transport to Saudi Arabia.
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