- Plans have been fianlised by the Kwara state Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board for biometric capturing for all its intending pilgrims
- The board said the biometric process was a precondition agreed on by the board and Suadi Arabians authorities
- Prospective pilgrims who had obtained forms were also asked to make early deposits as there are limited opportunities
The Kwara state Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board has said arrangements have been concluded for Biometric data capturing for all the 2,200 intending pilgrims from the state for the 2019 Hajj.
The executive secretary of the board, Alhaji Mohammed Tunde-Jimoh, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in llorin on Wednesday, February 6.
Tunde-Jimoh said the capturing would begin with 1,127 of the intending pilgrims who had obtained application forms and made a deposit payment to the board.
He said the first set of pilgrims to be captured were out of the 2,200 allocated to the state by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).
According to him, the exercise will begin as soon as the board gets clearance from NAHCON.
He said the data capturing of intending pilgrims was in line with directives from the Saudi Arabian authorities and NAHCON.
Tunde-Jimoh advised the intending pilgrims to monitor calls and text messages on their phones for information on the exercise. He advised Muslims aspiring to perform the 2019 Hajj to hurry and get their application forms from the Board in llorin between now and the end of February.
The executive secretary further advised those that have obtained the application forms to deposit between N1 million and N1.3 million as there were limited seats and the board would not process the applications of intending pilgrims who failed to make any payments.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state urged churches and wealthy individuals to sponsor the spiritually inclined Christians, who could not afford pilgrimage, to the holy land.
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Lalong made the call on Tuesday, January 8, in Abuja, when he paid a courtesy visit to Reverend Tor Uja, the executive secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC).
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