Human Rights

Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board begins collection of Deposit

The Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja is commencing the registration of its intending pilgrims for the 2017 hajj on Monday.

The registration will take place across the six area councils of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

This was contained in a statement by the board’s spokesperson, Muhammad Lawal Aliyu in Abuja.

The statement said that intending pilgrims who wish to perform the pilgrimage through the Board would present a bank draft of minimum of N1,000,000.00 (One million Naira) and International Passports to book for a seat.

Purchase of forms

According to the statement, the board will not entertain payment by proxy and bulk purchase of the forms by individual for the exercise.”

All intending pilgrims from the territory must be guaranteed by chief Imam of Area Council or Traditional Ruler or a Senior Civil Servant of not less than Grade Level 12 as contained in the Guideline for the registration of 2017 intending Pilgrims by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria,”it said.

According to the statement, female intending Pilgrims will only be registered with their male guide (Muharam) in line with the Saudi Arabian government regulations.”

It also stated that the board had introduced measures that would ensure proficiency and safeguard against fraud in this year’s hajj exercise.

The measures aimed at ensuring transparency in the sales of the 2017 hajj forms and intending pilgrims from the territory get the best service in the history of hajj operation in the FCT, the statement said.

It stated that the Board has resolved to register intending pilgrims on first-come first-served basis, as first timers would be given priority.”

On corrupt allegation by some of the staff, the Director of the board, Malam Muhammad Bashir has warned against corruption and any act capable of tarnishing the image of the Board.

The Minister of FCT, Muhammad Bello has also pledged to give the Board all the needed support and would not condone any acts of indiscipline among the staff toward the success of the operation.

The statement further urged the area council officers to work harder to improve on the success recorded in the last hajj operation and not to derail from the set rules and regulations of the hajj exercise.

Source: Voice of Nigeria