The Kwara State Muslim Pilgrim Welfare Board (KWMPWB) has sold out its 2022 Hajj slots.
The council’s executive secretary, Barr. Abdulganiyu Ahmed revealed this during a conversation with Daily Trust.
Our correspondent had reported how the country had obtained about half of the usual 90,000 slots from the Saudi authorities.
The 43,000 slots were shared between the states, with Kwara getting 1,406 slots.
Many states had given pilgrims a deadline to make payment. Last week, the Lagos State Pilgrims Council stopped receiving payments from prospective pilgrims.
Ganiyu, in a conversation with our correspondent, said that before the allocation of the slots, the state had 1,600 depositors in circulation while the pilgrims had until May 7 to complete the deposit to 2.5 million. naira, which is the Hajj rate for that year.
He said, “1,600 filed. We got 2.5 million naira. Some paid N1m, N1.2m and 1.3 but immediately we had a meeting with NAHCON, we went on air to get our future pilgrims to complete their payment to qualify for the exercise.
“At first the turnout was slow, but the last two, three days before the deadline, the turnout was massive and we even asked our banker to operate on Saturday (May 7) so people could respect the time we gave them.”
He said the council conducted an enlightenment program for prospective pilgrims to educate them on the do’s and don’ts of performing Hajj.