The Executive Secretary of Katsina State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Muhammad Abu Rimi has said that the Federal government is working assiduously to get waiver for intending Nigerian pilgrims on biometric data capturing.
Saudi Arabia has this year introduced Biometric Data Capturing for all Pilgrims from home countries instead of at arrival as was the case in previous years
To this end, the Saudi Arabian authorities created additional data capturing centres in Nigeria ahead the 2018 Hajj
Alhaji Rimi lamented that the additional data centres are still inadequate, saying only three in Kano, Ilorin and Lagos were initially created but later upgraded to 10, “yet the Katsina pilgrims have to go to Kano or Sokoto centres,” he said
Rimi dsiclosed that the sum of N1,463,410.00 will be paid by intending pilgrims in the state, advising them to pay the amount to certified banks and authorities.
According to him, “National Hajj Commission, NAHCON has fixed 2018 Hajj fare at N1,463,410.00 and His Excellency, the Executive Governor has approved the announcement of the said Hajj Fare for Katsina State.
“NAHCON has fixed the deadline for remittance of fares collected by the state to it on or before the end of Ramadan.
“I advice our teeming depositors and others who are yet to deposit to immediately do so between now and end of Ramadan,” he added.
The Executive Secretary however, said that about 2, 225 intending pilgrims in the state have so far deposited money for the exercise while noting that about 4,930 hajj seats were allocated to the state