The Saudi Arabian government has said that it would shutdown its visa website in the first week of May, this year to all intending pilgrims for this year’s pilgrimage to allow for a successful planning and hitch free Hajj exercise.
The executive secretary of Kwara State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Tunde Jimoh made this known during an interactive session with newsmen in Ilorin, the state capital.
He disclosed that the Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Nigerian government on the need to adhere strictly to the rules and regulations guiding the Hajj operation as well as the calendar for the 2018 Hajj.
Jimoh said towards this end, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has directed pilgrim boards across the country to adhere to the Hajj calendar and commence in earnest the 2018 operation.
The executive secretary disclosed that the KwaraState Pilgrims Welfare Board had since November,2017 begun the preparations for the 2018 exercise with the online registration of intending pilgrims from the state via a website.
According to him ,so far , over 1,421 applications have been received from intending pilgrims from the state.
Jimoh disclosed that KwaraState was allocated 2,221 slots this year.
He assured intending pilgrims from the state of adequate accommodation,transportation, medical and feeding in the Holy Land,urging them to adhere strictly to the rules and regulations of the Saudi authorities in terms of luggages and guide against carrying contrabands to the Holy Land.