The Kwara Welfare Board has announced commencement of special prayers for the 2022 Hajj operations.
The Executive Secretary of the board, Mr Bashiru Hammed, told newsmen in Ilorin on Tuesday that the prayers would start on May 12, at at Gereu Road, Ilorin.
Hammed advised all the intending pilgrims to be present by 12 pm in the premises of the board.
He said that there would be provision for COVID-19 vaccines (booster Jab) for those that have not completed their dose, urging the intending pilgrims to be present for the exercise.
He added that the complete dosage of the vaccines is one the conditions for performing the Hajj.
Hammed however rekindled the hope of the 1,600 outstanding 2019/2021 pilgrims that couldn’t meet up not to be deterred, assuring that their money is safe.
He explained that some of the outstanding pligrims have applied for refund, some completed their payment for the 2022 Hajj, while some left there money till next year’s Hajj.
“We announced on radio that the 2019/2021 outstanding pilgrims who paid N1.3 million then should balance up, because 2022 Hajj operation cost is now N2.5 million,” according to him.
Hammed, however, noted that there is low turn out from outstanding pilgrims till the 10,406 slots allocated by the National Hajj Commission was exhausted.
He advised the pilgrims who cannot make the 2022 Hajj to wait till next year and not to lose hope.