HAJJ 2023: LAGOS STATE FIXES DEPOSIT OF N2.64M FOR INTENDING PILGRIMS
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By ‘Leke Yusuf
… Sale of Forms to Commence February 6
The Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board will officially commence the sale of the 2023 Hajj forms on Monday, February 6, 2023.
The Commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Anofiu Olanrewaju Elegushi disclosed this recently at the Shamsi Adisa Thomas (SAT) Mosque, Ikeja, during a meeting with the intending pilgrims who could not perform the 2022 Hajj exercise due to limited slots allocated to the State by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).
He urged the intending pilgrims, especially those who have not completed the payment of their Hajj fare of N2,640,000.00 in 2022 to raise a bank draft of N1,340,000.00 in favour of the Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board for the balance, stressing that the Board would notify them if there would be any increment or reduction at the appropriate time.
Elegushi stated that the state would not renege on its earlier promise of giving them priority before selling forms to new applicants, adding that they should hurry up to get new forms (free of charge) through their respective Local Government coordinators for proper documentation as well as to update their current information such as age, address and health status due to the limited time given by the Saudi Arabian Authority for processing.
The Commissioner sought their understanding regarding any future increment in the Hajj fare, saying the State was not in control of fixing the haji fare but the prerogative of the Saudi Arabia Government and a function of the US dollar exchange rate which affects virtually everything including airline fare, accommodation and other necessary activities.
Informing that, unlike the year 2022 exercise when slots given were grossly inadequate and thus deprived many, of the opportunity of performing the spiritual exercise, Elegushi expressed optimism that the State would be allocated enough slots this year to accommodate more intending pilgrims.
In attendance at the meeting were the Special Adviser to the Governor on Islamic matters, Alhaji Ahmad Abdullahi Jebe; the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Mrs. Lolade Aina and the Chairman of the Board, Engr. (Imam) Shakiru Ayinde Gafar among others.