In an effort to correct anomalies experienced during past hajj operations, the leadership of the of the Muslim Welfare Board in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has concluded arrangement to organize an orientation exercise for intending pilgrims for this year’s hajj.


Spokesperson of the Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Muhammad Lawal Aliyu,  who disclosed this in a statement said that Islamic scholars have been fully mobilized for the exercise that would take place at the permanent hajj camp in the FCT, Abuja.


Aliyu explained that the exercise would be conducted in four phases to enable the intending pilgrims get enlightened on the hajj rites as well as new policies introduced for this year’s pilgrimage by the Saudi authorities and the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).


The public image maker advised intending pilgrims from the territory for this year’s hajj to participate in the four exercises which is scheduled to commence on Saturday May 13 with intending pilgrims from Abaji, Kwali and Gwagwalada area councils as targeted participants.


According to him, intending pilgrims from Bwari, Kuje and Abuja Municipal Area Councils would have their first phase of the orientation exercise on Sunday 14th May, 2017.


He 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 commence the processing of their travel documents.


In another development, the board is set to evolve into additional methods in educating and orienting the intending pilgrims for this year’s hajj. Accordingly, the board has commenced radio phone-in live programme with two FM radio stations in the FCT for the intending pilgrims.


Aliyu explained that the radio programme would be aired on some radio stations with good quality Islamic programmes every Tuesday till the completion of airlift of FCT intending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia. He advised intending pilgrims, particularly the first timers, to take advantage of the programmes to enhance their Islamic knowledge on hajj rites as well as important information that would assist them in attaining acceptable hajj.


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