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2015 Hajj: Bauchi to accord priority to first-timers

Posted: Apr 22, 2015 at 2:45 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Patience Ogbodo-Iwuagwu  –  Correspondent, Bauchi


Bauchi State Government has pledged to accord priority to first-timers intending pilgrims from the state for the 2015 hajj pilgrimage in the sale of seats for the exercise.

According to the government’s priority provision, 80 per cent of the seats envisaged to be over 3,000 based on National Hajj Commission allocation will be sold to the pilgrimage first-timers. State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board Executive Secretary, Alhaji Aliyu Suleman, stated this at a one-day induction workshop for the newly appointed Hajj Affairs Officers for Local Governments Hajj Desk Officers in Bauchi.

Suleman explained that the priority placement for the pilgrimage first-timers is to enable the intending pilgrims who have the means but were not opportune to perform the hajj to conduct the exercise.

He warned the Hajj Desk Officers against diverting the hajj seats meant for the people of their areas for selfish desires, assuring that they would strictly be monitored to ensure compliance to the laid down guidelines.

Suleman said the guidelines for the collection of the hajj fee include the payment of a minimum deposit of N700,000, pending the announcement of the full package by the Federal Government, and the use of pick and obey method while selling out the hajj seats.