ABUJA, JULY 13, 2016 – The FCT Muslims Pilgrims Welfare Board on Wednesday said it would soon commence the orientation for the 2016 intending pilgrims.The Public Relations Officer of the board, Malam Muhammad Aliyu, made this known in a statement issued to newsmen in Abuja.
According Aliyu, the orientation exercise will take place at the Permanent FCT Hajj Camp located at Basan Jiwa close to the Nnamdi Azikwe Internatinal Airport, Abuja.
The spokesman said that Islamic scholars had been fully mobilised to educate intending pilgrims on Hajj rites and the Saudi Arabian rules and regulations.
He explained that the exercise would be conducted in four phases to enable the intending pilgrims get enlightened on the Hajj rites and new policies introduced by the Saudi authorities and NAHCON.
Aliyu, therefore, advised intending pilgrims from the territory for this year’s Hajj to participate in the four exercises, scheduled to commence on Wednesday.
He added that the first phase of the orientation was for intending pilgrims from Abaji, Kwali and Gwagwalada Area Councils, respectively.
According to him, intending pilgrims from Bwari, Kuje and Abuja Municipal Area Councils will have their first phase of the orientation on Thursday.
He enjoined all intending pilgrims who were yet to return their completed application forms or balance their Hajj fare to do so before July 14.
“This will enable the Board commence the process of their travel documents or risk the chance of performing the Hajj,’’ Aliyu warned.
Besides, he said that the board had commenced a radio enlightenment programme for this year’s intending pilgrims.
Aliyu advised them, particularly the first timers, to take advantage of the programme and enhance their Islamic knowledge on Hajj rites and important information that would assist them in attaining acceptable Hajj.