Screening of intending pilgrims to begin in Abuja

Hudu Yakubu, Abuja 

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The 2019 Intending Pilgrims to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from the Federal Capital Territory, FCT in Nigeria are to undergo a compulsory medical screening by the FCT Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Abuja from Saturday 15th June, 2019.

This was made known by a statement signed by the Board Public Relations Officer Muhammad Lawal Aliyu.

The Spokesman of the FCT Muslims welfare board said the screening exercise was part of the requirements introduced by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON for the spiritual journey.

Mr. Aliyu explained that the exercise would be conducted at the permanent hajj camp, Bassan Jiwa, near the Nnmadi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja and only the travel documents of those who scaled through the screening would be processed via the Saudi Arabian portal to partake in the hajj exercise.

He stated that intending pilgrims from Abaji, Kwali, Gwagwalada and Bwari area councils would be screened on Saturday 15th June, 2019, while intending Pilgrims from the headquarters, Kuje and Abuja Municipal, AMAC Area councils are scheduled to be screened on Sunday, 16th June, 2019.

The PRO directed intending pilgrims to report to the venue with their evidence of payment in the morning on the stipulated dates for the medical screening.

Malam Aliyu urged all intending pilgrims with the FCT to participate in the exercise, saying that failure to attend the exercise may warrant losing of hajj seat for this year.

He said that the exercise would enable the board have a comprehensive medical record and health status of its intending pilgrims.

The board spokesman also called on those who are yet to complete their hajj fare and those who are yet to submit their international passport to hasten and do so or risk loosing their slot for the exercise through the board.

Over 2000 pilgrims are expected to perform hajj through the FCT this year.

 

Confidence Okwuchi