Preparatory to the 2024 Hajj religious exercise to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Osun State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board has been officially allocated a total of One Thousand , Seven Hundred and sixty four (1764) seats by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).
The chairman of the Board,Dr Moruf lshola disclosed this while featuring on an Osun State Broadcasting corporation (OSBC) radio program tagged *Akanse eto*.
Dr Ishola on the program explained that due to the current economic realities in Nigeria , especially the exchange rate of Naira ,the fare for this year’s Hajj is a bit above four and half million naira .
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To this end ,he implored all intending Pilgrims from Osun state to top up their deposits and await the next official announcement of the final hajj fare by the Osun State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board .
While promising a hitch free Hajj 2024,Dr Moruf Ishola told listeners on the radio program that Osun State Muslim pilgrims Welfare Board has commenced registration of intending Pilgrims for the year 2024 holy pilgrimage to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
While highlighting that all categories of age are allowed to perform Hajj operation as an act of worship to Allah, he maintained that intending pilgrims who are elderly should be accompanied by those who are relatively younger and stronger so as to assist in taking good care of them,because Hajj exercise is strewn with many rigours and spiritual activities .
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Also speaking during the radio program,the Administrative Secretary of the Board, Mr Muritala Fakunle who reiterated that the coming 2024 Hajj ,will, Inshallah, be a success story ,used the opportunity to assure and reassure all intending Pilgrims who have already made some financial deposits with the Board of its readiness to fair and transparent in the final selection processes as the principle of first come, first served would be strictly enforced.
In order to ensure smooth Operations, the Board Secretary also announced that International passports of the Intending Pilgrims and their initial minimum Hajj deposit of 4.5M should be ready on or before the 5th of February,2024 .
The duo of the Chairman and Secretary of Osun state Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board thanked the governor of Osun state , Senator Ademola Adeleke for his moral and official supports in the last one year which has made the activities of the Board to be successful .
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On the entourage of both the Chairman and Secretary of the Board to the radio programne were the vice Chairman ,Alhaji Mudasiru Ibrahim,a Senior Special Assistant ,Alhaja Adedeji Bolatito, the Head of Account of OSPWB,,Mr Muniru Arogundade and Head of Operations, Mr Ismael kola Sangodipe