Kogi state Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board has called on intending pilgrims in the state to come out for registration ahead of 2018 hajj activities in the holy land.
The commission also said the national hajj commission has given March, 31st 2018 as the closing date for the registration.
At a sensitisation programme across the three senatorial districts of the state yesterday, the Executive Chairman of the Board, Sheik Luqman Imam Abdullah said the 2018 hajj was constrained with inadequate time, and charged intending pilgrims to come for registration to enable the state utilise its 2018 slots.
“We expect the intending pilgrims to pay N1, 540, 000 pending the final decision of the National hajj Commission.
“Part payment of N1 million can also be made to hasten the registration process. 717 seats have been allocated to the state for the 2018 hajj and discussions are on-going for the slots of the state to be increased before the commencement of the hajj operation,” he said.
The chairman, who urged the intending pilgrims to come along with international passport, national identity number and authentic medical report, solicited the support and cooperation of stakeholders to enable the commission have a successful 2018 hajj activities.
In Adavi-Eba, Adavi local government area of the state, an Islamic scholar, Sheik Ahmed Rufai, charged the management and staff of the commission to work in synergy for the achievement and advancement of the commission in the interest of the people and the state.
Sheik Rufai used the occasion to call on individuals who have the means to sponsor the less privileged, who are willing to perform the hajj but do not have the means, saying such gesture has rewards from God.