The Oyo Muslim Pilgrims Board has commenced sensitization of the 2024 hajj payment deadline in-line with the new policy of the Saudi Arabian authorities for the 2024 Hajj program.
The Chairman of the Oyo State Pilgrims Welfare Board (Muslim wing), Hashim Atere, made this known to journalists while distributing flyers in mosques and other public places in Ibadan on Friday.
According to him, a sensitization campaign would be conducted in all 33 local governments of Oyo state to ensure that prospective pilgrims for the 2024 Hajj are appropriately informed about the payment deadline.
He explained that the goal of the sensitization is to improve communication, avoid delays, promote early registration and payment, and create positive working relationships with the pilgrims.
Ateere said: “We have decided to go to mosques and other public places to sensitise intending pilgrims of Hajj 2024 on payment deadline as there have been numerous changes to Saudi Arabia policy and timing.
“This sensitization is basically to inform all intending pilgrims that payment of hajj deposit will close by 31st December 2023.
“So, the intending pilgrims are advised to hasten their payment to secure their hajj seats for 2024”.
The Islamic scholar promised that the flyers would also be distributed to other parts of Oyo state and listed some of the mosques visited for the flyers distribution, including Sabo Central mosque, Ogunpa, Gbagi tuntun: Bodija, Gate, Idikan, Apete market, Ojoo, and Akinyele among other areas in Ibadan and public places.
He added that the current administration under the leadership of Governor Seyi Makinde will make the Hajj processing very easy for intending pilgrims.