Written by Austine ELEMUE

2019 Hajj: FCT organises orientation exercise for pilgrims

The Federal Capital Territory Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Abuja is to conduct the final phase of education and orientation exercise this weekend for this year’s intending pilgrims. 

A statement from the public relations officer of the board, Muhammad Aliyu, said the exercise was part of strategies adopted by the board in its bid to ensure that intending pilgrims from the territory attain an acceptable hajj this year. 

According to the spokesperson, the exercise would include theoretical and practical aspects of hajj to enlighten the intending pilgrims on hajj rites and policies introduced by relevant authorities for the hajj operation. 

Aliyu explained that intending pilgrims from the territory at the end of the training are expected to be acquainted with the dos and don’ts of hajj operation especially while in the holy land. 

He disclosed that the orientation exercise which is scheduled to take place at the permanent hajj camp, Bassan Jiwa near the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja would serve as the final educational arrangement before the exercise. 

He further stated that the board had already mobilized Islamic scholars within the territory to train the intending pilgrims using various local languages of the FCT for effective and efficient learning processes of the Hajj exercise. 

The spokesperson disclosed that travelling materials such as uniforms, bags among others would be distributed at the venue and advised intending pilgrims who have completed their payment to report with their original evidence of registration to collect the materials. 

He disclosed that the board had already concluded medical screening of its intending pilgrims and has since commenced the process of acquiring visa through Saudi Arabian portal via National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON. 

He explained that the board has officially closed the registration of this year’s intending pilgrims to abide by the deadline set up by the NAHCON on the registration.       



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