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727 intending pilgrims complete hajj payment in Jigawa

•382 2nd batch Nasarawa pilgrims arrive Madinah
Jigawa State Pilgrims Welfare  Board has disclosed that only 727 out of 1,472 Pilgrim seats allocated to the state by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) had completed their payment at the moment.

Muslim worshippers, some carrying umbrellas to protect them from the scorching sun, gather for prayer at Namirah mosque near Mount Arafat, also known as Jabal al-Rahmah (Mount of Mercy), where the Prophet Mohammed is believed to have given his final sermon, on August 31, 2017, ahead of the climax of hajj.
Clad in white, their the palms facing the sky, some two million Muslims from around the world gathered on Saudi Arabia’s Mount Arafat for the highlight of the hajj pilgrimage. / AFP PHOTO

This is about 50 percent of the total seats allocated to the state by NAHCON will be occupied. The commission had extended the deadline of registration for the third time and by one week which ended on Wednesday July 25.

This was disclosed by the Executive Secretary, Alhaji Sani Alhassan while speaking with Vanguard in his office Wednesday.

He also stated that the board has completed arrangements for the 2018 hajj operation.

“We have already completed our preparation,  we have remitted N858 million to the NAHCON. With about 28 centres across the state,  we have concluded vaccination,  distribution of uniform and bags to our intending Pilgrims,  but the training is on”, he explained.

He advised the 727 intending pilgrims who have already completed full payments to prepare their minds on performing an acceptable hajj operation and desist from anything that could tanish the image of Nigeria and the host country, Saudi Arabia.

Also, the board´s Public Relations Officer,  Comrade Ibrahim Kanya said the board has also distributed relevant books and barges to the intending Pilgrims in the state.

He further called on those who are yet to complete their payment to do so immediately, adding that the board has completed arrangements for the 2018 hajj operation.

Also, the Public Relations Officer of the board,  Comrade Ibrahim Kanya said the board has also distributed relevant books and barges to the intending Pilgrims in the state.

Meanwhile, the second batch of Nasarawa State pilgrims comprising of 245 males and 135 females arrived Madinah, Saudi Arabia on Wednesday. They were airlifted by Max Air limited.

The arrival of 382 pilgrims in the Holy land had increased the number of Nigerian pilgrims to 828, since the first batch from Kogi landed on Friday.

They were received on arrival by officials of the various committees of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) who immediately conveyed them to their hotels.

 


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