The Kano State Pilgrims Welfare Board has commenced registration exercise for 2019 Hajj exercise.
This was disclosed by the Executive Secretary of the board, Alhaji Muhammad Abba Dambatta, during a press conference at his office recently.
He said intending pilgrims of the state should make initial deposit of the sum of N1.2 million, pending the determination of the complete Hajj fare.
According to him, though the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has directed that intending pilgrims should pay N1.5 million initial deposit, in Kano, they decided to peg the amount at N1.2 million so that the prospective pilgrims would not find it difficult to offset the balance.
Alhaji Dambatta said, as soon as the intending pilgrims start paying the initial deposit, the board would go ahead with the registration in earnest.
The Executive Secretary also explained that a prospective pilgrim could make a draft of N200, 000 initially and later deposit the remaining N1 million.
“Based on experience, last year’s Hajj fare was a little over N1.4 million, so anybody, who pays N1.2 million will find it easy to pay the balance after the final fare is announced.
“NAHCON has fixed the end of February 2019 as the last date for the collection of the Hajj fares from the state pilgrims’ welfare boards, so we expect intending pilgrims to start paying their deposit to enable the board to begin preparations early,” he said.
He also revealed that the board has concluded plans to commence Umrah (lesser Hajj) operation as directed by NAHCON, adding that five personnel had already been trained and acquired IATA certificate for the exercise.
He also commended the state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for according maximum support to the success of Hajj operations during his tenure.