Intending Pilgrims from Niger state in North Central Nigeria are to henceforth make their payment for the 2019 Hajj through bank drafts.
The Acting Executive Secretary of the National Hajj Commission in the state, Alhaji Umar Makun said the management is planning with relevant stakeholders to make the hajj operations easier for intending pilgrims.
Alhaji Makun made this known in Minna the Niger state capital while on an official visit to some media establishments and government agencies.
He stated that, as part of policies and preparations for the 2019 Hajj, the Board complies with zero tolerance for cash transaction in order to checkmate fraudulent practices that sometimes characterised the exercise.
According to him, every intending Pilgrim must have a guarantor while the females must have their Muharram and obtain Court affidavit amongst other prerequisites for this year's Hajj exercise.
Hajj preparation is not constant, every year there are some modifications which we must let the Pilgrims and all other relevant stakeholders know. This is one of the reasons for the 'reach-out' because we are oblivious of the fact that such synergy guarantees success.
The Acting Executive Secretary of the Board reminded intending Pilgrims to deal directly with Area Pilgrims Officers in the 25 Local Government Areas or the Board Headquarters stressing that whoever patronizes anybody outside the mentioned persons is on his own.
He said it is also compulsory that all intending pilgrims obtain an International Passport before he/she can be registered to avoid swapping of drafts.
According to him, name, passport number, phone number and LGA of the intending pilgrim must be written on the back of the draft before submission adding that any cancellation on the draft will not be accepted.
Source: Voice of Nigeria