Kogi gets 717 slots for 2018 Hajj

Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja
Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja

The Kogi Muslim Pilgrim Welfare Board says 717 slots had been allocated to the state for this year’s hajj by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria.

The Executive Chairman of the board, Sheikh Lukman Abdullah, who disclosed this on Monday in Lokoja, said that the figure was far less than the 838 slots allocated to the state in 2017.

Abdullah spoke during  a courtesy call on the Chairman of the state Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr Adeiza Momoh Jimoh.

He, however,  said that the board was making efforts to get additional slots, adding that  preparations for the 2018 hajj had commenced.

Abdallah, who said  that the greatest challenge facing the board and intending pilgrims was time, noted  that all intending pilgrims had been given March 31 deadline to complete the payment of N1.5 million hajj fare.

The Chairman reiterated that the green color e-passport, national identity card and medical report are compulsory  for all intending pilgrims.

He said that accommodation  had been secured near the sacred mosques in Mecca and Medinah, adding that efforts were in the pipeline to enhance the welfare of pilgrims before, during and after the hajj.

In his remarks,  Jimoh assured the board of support,  especially in the area of sensitisation of  pilgrims and members of the public.

He urged  the board to always carry along the media in all its activities, adding that  more slots should  be allocated  to Muslim journalist

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