Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board said it will commence biometric registration and data capture exercise for intending pilgrims for the 2019 hajj in the state.
The biometric registration is perquisite for the issuance of visa to Saudi Arabia as introduced by the Saudi Arabian government and failure to participate would disqualify the intending pilgrim from performing the hajj.
A statement by the spokesperson of the board, Yunusa Muhammad Abdullahi, disclosed that intending pilgrims from Igabi and Kaduna South Local Government Areas are the first set of pilgrims to be captured, while those from other local governments would follow.
He stated that all intending pilgrims who have made deposit payment for this year’s hajj would be captured and advised other intending pilgrims to approach the board before the end of the exercise.
He revealed that the Board has already registered more than 2,000 intending pilgrims for this year’s hajj and the registration is on-going.
A total of 6,636 hajj seats have been allocated to the state by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Abuja.