The Executive Secretary of Niger State Pilgrims Board Alhaji Umar Makun Lapai has restated that “every intending pilgrim for this year’s hajj to SaudI Arabia, must receive covid 19 vaccine before they are allowed into the Holy Land.
A statement signed by the Boards Public Relations Officer, Hassan D Idris said that Lapai stated this while speaking at the flag off covid 19 vaccination for the staff of the board and Area Pilgrims Welfare Officers, (APWOs) at the board headquarters in Minna.
He said the exercise was aimed at encouraging intending pilgrims to take the vaccine which has been made a prerequisite for hajj.
He enjoined the area pilgrims’ welfare officers to go back to their respective Local Government Areas and embark on rigorous enlightenment campaign on the need for every intending pilgrim to get vaccinated.
The Executive Secretary explained that the vaccination exercise was in compliance with directive from the National Hajj Commission to vaccinate all intending pilgrims for Hajj 2021.
“Lapai said that it is in view of the directive that himself and the staff of the board and some Area pilgrims’ officers have taken th vaccine.
“We have engaged the services of our religious clerics, both Christian and Muslims and other stakeholders to enlighten the pilgrims and emphasize on the need to partake in the exercise.
He appealed to the Assistant Pilgrims Welfare Officers to ensure strict compliance to the content of the circular and that he will rely on their judgment.
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