FCTA pilgrims board pegs minimum deposit of N2.5m for 2023 Hajj
By Hudu Yakubu, Abuja
Intending Pilgrims who have missed the 2022 Hajj exercise have been directed to update their registration with the FCT Pilgrims board, while those who deposited less than the minimum 2.5 Million Naira have been requested to top up deposit to book a seat for the 2023 Hajj exercise.
The Director of the Board, Malam Muhammad Nasiru Danmalam gave the directives while briefing top Management staff on the first pre-Hajj visit to Saudi Arabia and preparation for 2023 Hajj activities.
Malam Muhammad said the directives became necessary to enable the Board compile the actual list of Intending Pilgrims for the 2023 exercise.
The Director also requested those who paid for the Hajj last year but missed the exercise due to any reason to report to the Board with original receipt of payment to declare their interest to participate in this year’s hajj or get refund.
He disclosed that a total of one hundred and eighty-five Intending Pilgrims who made complete payment last year missed the hajj due to the shortage of Hajj seat slot as a result of insufficient Hajj allocation by Saudi Arabia.
The Director disclosed that the Board has already registered over one thousand Intending Pilgrims for this year’s Hajj exercise and has since started arrangement for the Hajj operation.
He said the Board has commenced negotiations with service providers in Saudi Arabia for the provision of feeding and accommodation in Makkah during the Hajj.
He reiterated the Board’s readiness to continue to render the best services to FCT contingent to this year’s hajj in line with the desire of the FCT Administration.