The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria has directed all intending Muslim pilgrims in Nigeria to pay their hajj fare by March 31, or miss the 2018 pilgrimage.
The Chairman of the commission, Barrister Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammad, who spoke through the Commission’s Commissioner in-charge of Operation at a sensitization programme on Hajj 2018 in Kaduna, said that the March 31 deadline for the payment of hajj fare is the closing date for payment of the fare.
Mukhtar Muhammad said that the Commission is undergoing reforms for easy operation, adding that the Saudi Arabia had introduced biometric data captureing of all intending pilgrims for the 2018 hajj.
“We have centres to capture pilgrims’ data in Kano, Lagos and Abuja. The centres are not enough because of the large number of pilgrims, but the government is appealing to Saudi Arabia to expand the centres in the country because of our population,” Muhammad said.