The Kano State Pilgrims Welfare Board (KSPWB) has announced the start of registration for the 2020 hajj exercise.
Executive Secretary of the board Muhammad Abba Danbatta, who announced this in a news conference Wednesday, said intending pilgrims are invited to make a minimum deposit of N1.2 million from October 30, 2019.
Mr Dambatta said the board would establish registration centres across the 44 local government areas of the state to guide those interested.
He said this followed a directive by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) asking pilgrims boards to commence registration for the 2020 hajj exercise and subsequent approval by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.
“The governor has approved the commencement of the registration exercise across the 44 local government areas and the board’s registration centers in the state,’’ Mr Dambatta said.
He added that the minimum deposit expected from intending pilgrims is N1.2m while the maximum is N1.5 million.
According to him, intending pilgrims who pay N1.5 million deposit might either be refunded a balance or asked to make additional payment when NAHCON releases the official hajj rate.
The KSPWB chief, who also presented the 2019 Kano hajj report to Mr Ganduje said the board had completed the building of a 10-bed clinic for pilgrims at Hajj Camp in Kano metropolis.
Mr Dambatta added that NAHCON was also planning to construct a 500-room hotel for pilgrims in the state.
He also revealed that three pilgrims lost their lives during the 2019 hajj exercise.