INTENDING pilgrims to Saudi Arabia from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja are to undergo a compulsory medical screening by the FCT Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Abuja from Saturday June 15, 2019.
A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the Board, Muhammad Lawal Aliyu, said the screening exercise is part of the requirements introduced by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) for the spiritual journey.
The PRO said the exercise would be conducted at the permanent hajj camp, Bassan Jiwa, near the Nnmadi Azikwe International Airport, Abuj.
Aliyu noted that only the travel documents of those who scaled through the screening would be processed via the Saudi Arabian portal to partake in the hajj exercise.
He disclosed that intending pilgrims from Abaji, Kwali, Gwagwalada and Bwari Area councils would be screened on Saturday June 15, 2019, while intending pilgrims from the headquarters, Kuje and Abuja Municipal (AMAC) Area councils are scheduled to be screened on Sunday, June 16, 2019.
According to him, intending pilgrims are to report to the venue with their evidence of payment from 8 o’clock in the morning on the stipulated dates for the medical screening.
The spokesperson warned intending pilgrims to participate in the exercise as failure to attend may warrant losing of hajj seat for this year.
He added that the exercise would enable the board have a comprehensive medical record and health status of its intending pilgrims.
He also called on those who are yet to complete their hajj fare and those who are yet to submit their international passport to hasten and do so or risk loasing their slot for the exercise through the board.
Over 2000 pilgrims are expected to perform hajj through the FCT this year.