Lagos not yet ready for exercise
By Ishola Balogun
The biometric data capturing exercise for intending pilgrims to 2019 Hajj has kicked off in some states.
The states where the exercise has kicked off are Kwara, Kaduna, Gombe, Bauchi, Kano, Zamfara and Niger states. The exercise is mandatory for the issuance of visa for all intending pilgrims. It will be recalled that the exercise almost marred the 2018 hajj process last June-July when the biometric data capturing was delayed in most states of the federation.
It was gathered that these are states that have successfully uploaded details of their registered intending pilgrims on the e-portal and have also completed all other necessary requirements, hence, they have taken the lead in the mandatory biometric data capturing.
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Meanwhile, Lagos, according to information was still battling with registration and Medical test on intending members. As at press time, the official information reaching Vanguard was that lectures and enlightenment programme of intending pilgrims will begin on Sunday April 14 in each of the local government areas of the state. A source in the state Pilgrims Board said the political development in the state may not be unconnected with the delay of hajj process in the state. “Some of our programmes may be delayed because of the political development in the state, untill May 29 when the baton will change, we are not likely to sort out all the major issues on the hajj process.”
Also, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo and a few others are still battling with registration of intending pilgrims.
NAHCON commends seven states on early preparation
Also, the National Hajj Commission, NAHCON has commended the seven states that have advanced their processes to the Biometric data capturing stage, adding that early biometric registration is essential to forestall last minute rush, a situation that could lead to panic.
In a statement signed by the Head, Public Affairs Division of the commission, Hajia Fatima Sanda Usara, the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NAHCON, Barrister Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammad, however, expressed appreciation to the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency Mr. Adnan Bostaji and the Kingdom’s Consulate in Kano for facilitating early commencement of the biometric data registration.
The NAHCON helmsman also acknowledged VHS Tasheel for their preparedness in starting the process immediately. He commended the state boards currently performing the exercise for their cooperation.
Barrister Muhammad urged other state pilgrims’ boards to emulate those states that have fulfilled all registration requirements which enabled them to begin the data-capturing programme for their pilgrims. Early biometric registration is essential to forestall last minute rush, forcing intending pilgrims into panic mode.
He urged intending pilgrims to complete their payments in order to avoid delay and other consequence of late payment. “They must make their payments in banks and thereafter present the bank draft to their respective boards. They must also ensure that their correct details are uploaded in the e-portal after completing payment.Related