Kaduna Pilgrims Welfare Insists on Dec. 31, 2023 Deadline For Payment of Hajj Fees

Cross section of ulamas of
Juma'at mosques In Kaduna

By Sadiq Bukar

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

The agency 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, appealed during a sensitization meeting organized 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.

Yunusa 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.

He stated that 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.

He said the essence of the sanitization 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.

He disclosed that 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.

The Secretary then said, “Because of this change, there is a need for all the info sending pilgrims to register before the end of the December deadline.

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