The Executive Secretary, Adamawa Pilgrims Welfare Board Dr. Umar Bobboi has said that the commencement of training of states’ pilgrim board staffs on Information Communication Technology ( ICT) by national lhajj commission wil solve the challenges of pilgrims data capture experienced in last year hajj.
He said the training was inline with the new operation system and guidelines introduced by Saudi Arabian government.
Engr Bobboi disclosed this in an interview with Newsmen in Yola.
He noted that the development was aimed at reducing difficulties in data capturing of each pilgrim and ease identification.
“The National Hajj Commission has trained many staffs of states’ pilgrims Boards on Information and Communication Technology.
” NAHCON also released the 2019 Hajj timetable ” Bobboi said.
He explained that in the timetable, the Commission had directed all states offices to start registration of intending Pilgrims as well as collection of payment for 2019, from the first week of November.
According to the calendar, he said from December 16 – 28, 2018, the officials of the Commission together with the states pilgrims boards would visit the Holy land for the 2019 pre-Hajj inspections.
He said during the inspections, the officials would find out good accommodations and hire buses for transportation of the pilgrims during Hajj operations.
Bobboi further explained that on January 21, 2019, the commission would announced the exact Hajj fare for 2019, and on April 5 , 2019 was the closing date for collection of Hajj fare.
He said on May 24, 2019, the officials would go to Saudi Arabia for second and final inspection visit.
“The first flight to airlift the Pilgrims to Holy land for 2019 Hajj operations may take off on July 6 and the airlift would be closed on August 2, while Arafat day is slated on August 9, 2019 ”