Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board on Thursday said it had begun preparation for 2013 Umrah and Hajj for intending Muslim pilgrims in the state.
The board said the early preparation was to ensure a hitch-free pilgrimage, adding that sale of forms for the Umrah and Hajj rites commenced on February 18 and would end on Monday.
A statement by the Executive Secretary of the board, Alhaji Kamal Sanusi, said N650,000 would be collected as part-payment for Hajj, adding that the balance would be made known later.
He said the government had approved 1,000 seats to first-time pilgrims in line with the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria’s directives.
He said, “Consideration would be given to residents of Lagos State upon the presentation of documents, such as the national identity card or census card or registration card. The pilgrims could explore possibility of installmental payments available at a bank in Ikeja.”