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Hajj fees: Kaduna board reiterates deadline for payment

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Hajj fees: Kaduna board reiterates deadline for payment

Hajj Pilgrims performing Tawaf in Makkah

Published By: Isa Isawade

Kaduna State Pilgrims Welfare Agency has reiterated the Dec. 31, 2023 deadline for payment of Hajj fees.

It, therefore, appealed to Muslim clerics in the state to assist in educating all intending pilgrims on the need to hasten up.

The Executive Secretary of the agency, Dr Yusuf Arrigasiyyu, made the appeal during a sensitisation meeting organised for the Imams and Ulamas from the 23 Local Government Areas held in Kaduna between Monday and Tuesday.

This is contained in a statement issued by the agency’s Public Relations Officer, Malam Yunusa Abdullahi on Wednesday in Kaduna.

Abdullahi quoted Arrigasiyyu as disclosing that the December deadline has been pegged by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) as the final date for registering intending pilgrims for the 2024 Hajj.

According to him, remittance of all Hajj fares of intending pilgrims must be sent to NAHCON on or before Dec. 31, to enable the commission plan for next year’s Hajj.

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He said the essence of the sanitisation was to involve all the Imams of the Juma’at Mosques in the state, being among critical stakeholders in Hajj affairs.

Arrigasiyyu also pointed out that the Imams were closer to the intending pilgrims, hence the need to clarify the implication of missing the registration deadline.

According to him, based on the new guidelines, the issuance of visas would commence two months before the Hajj operations, saying that the Saudi Arabian Hajj calendar has changed.

Arrigasiyyu said, “Because of this change, there is the need for all the intending pilgrims to register before the end of the December deadline.”

Also, the acting Head of Operations, Alhaji Abubakar Yusuf, said that the agency would continue to collaborate with the clerics in educating all the intending pilgrims on the new policies introduced by the NAHCON and Saudi Arabian authorities towards transforming Hajj exercise.