The Edo State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board has issued a firm reminder to intending pilgrims to pay the balance of their Hajj fare before Friday February 9, 2024 so as to ensure smooth preparations for the upcoming 2024 Hajj pilgrimage.

The chairman of the board, Sheikh Ibrahim Oyarekhua made this announcement today at Arafat Mosque, Auchi in Edo North Senatorial District while interacting with Muslims and intending pilgrims elaborating on the new developments as regard the 2024 Hajj operations.

Highlighting the meticulous planning underway, Oyarekhua emphasized that every aspect of this year’s Hajj is being perfected to provide participants with a comprehensive and organized experience.

According to him, “For those who have not completed the payment for their Hajj fare, please, do so before Friday because, by Monday, the board is expected to remit same to NAHCON. It will take NAHCON two weeks to process and remit same to Saudi Arabia. You are already that the final fare has been announced. N4,899,000 is for the South while N4,699,000 is for the North.

“The Saudi Arabia Hajj Authority wants to improve on the Hajj operations better than the previous years. For this year, before departing Nigeria, pilgrims will receive detailed information about their accommodations in Makkah and Madina, including bed spaces and neighbours, as well as any other essential details. This proactive approach aims to alleviate uncertainties and enhance the overall journey experience for pilgrims.”

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The chairman also revealed that in the spirit of readiness, a comprehensive training programme is currently underway in Abuja, with participation from all pilgrim boards across the country.

“Scheduled to conclude tomorrow, this training is equipping officials with the necessary knowledge and skills to ensure a seamless pilgrimage process,” he noted.

Oyarekhua added that with just two months remaining until departure, the countdown has truly begun.

“The first flight departing Nigeria for Saudi Arabia is slated to land on May 10th, with subsequent flights continuing until June 10th. It’s a critical time for intending pilgrims, as those who have not yet submitted their registration forms and passports are urged to do so promptly. Without proper documentation, individuals risk being unable to travel for the pilgrimage,” he added.

As preparations reach their apex, Edo State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board reaffirms its commitment to supporting pilgrims and ensuring a well-coordinated and fulfilling Hajj experience for all the participants.