Muslim pilgrimage: Kogi Hajj Commission sets 31 March, 2019 deadline, begins public enlightenment

 ATABOR JULIUS LOKOJA.

The Kogi State Hajj Commission, has advised all intending pilgrims from the state to complete all registration processes before or on 31 March, 2019 as it  intensified public enlightenment across the  21 local Government Areas of the state.

 In a statement signed by the commission’s Public Relations Officer, Isah Abdulrahman and made available to Saturday Independent  said that vacancies are still available for those willing to participate or sponsor candidates for this year’s holy pilgrimage to Makka, Saudi Arabia.

The commission also called on all intending pilgrims who have earlier deposited an amount with the commission to update their payment to N1.5 million naira only, not later than the first week of March, 2019.

The statement added that all those willing to make fresh payments for this year’s Hajj, effective from March, 2019, shall pay the sum of N1.5 million naira only, pending the announcement of the year Hajj fares by the National Hajj Commission (NAHCON) for final payment.

 According to the message  all registered pilgrims are requested to visit the commission for proper  documentation.

The items required includes : an E-pasport, National Identification Number, (NIN), a certified medical fitness report, and a letter from a Guarantor whose rank is not lower than  a civil servant on GL. 12 and above or District Head/Chief Imam of a Jumat Mosque, while Female Intending pilgrims are to come with a sworn affidavit deposed to by their Mahram. 

The commission has also commended Sensitisation in the three senatorial districts of the state to enlighten  intending pilgrims on their obligations. The sensitization campaign according to the commission would be carried out in Jumat Mosques economic and commercial centres like, Zango markets, cashew outlets, farm centres, Fulani Hubs and market women.

Other places where the sensitization campaign are to be carried out by the commission  includes people that own Foundations, Local Government Areas and the Media even as public lectures will commence in due course.

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