By Matthew Denis
The Executive Secretary of Kwara State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Mohammed Tunde Jimoh has disclosed that prospective pilgrims from the state will sign an undertaking of good conduct while in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
He stated this in Ilorin while briefing newsmen on Friday regarding preparation for the 2018 hajj exercise.
The Executive Secretary said, “Prospective pilgrims from the state for the 2018 hajj exercise will sign undertaking to be of good conduct with a guarantor of grade level 14 cadre or above before they can be considered for the pilgrimage.
“Whoever refuses to comply will not have his or her document processed by hajj officials.”
Jimoh stressed that the annual enlightenment programme for intending pilgrims would commence March 16, 2018 and would continue till pilgrims are airlifted.
According to him, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has approved the commencement of the 2018 exercise.
He noted that the board will partner the state Ministry of Health to ensure that pregnant women are not allowed to perform subsequent hajj exercise.
On the fare, Jimoh explained that although the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) is yet to determine it, he however urged intending pilgrims to use the 2017 charge of N1.52 million as baseline pending official announcement by the commission.
He also disclosed that the board will on Monday open its website for registration of intending pilgrims.
“The registration would subsequently be followed by usual screening exercise for the selection of successful intending pilgrims, which would run from December 15, 2017 to January 15, 2018.
The Executive Secretary noted that the board will allow instalmental payment of hajj fare from December through designated banks.
He attributed the success of the 2017 pilgrimage to the logistics put in place by Governor Ahmed.