Katsina Pilgrims Welfare Board had so far secured no less than 3,000 visas for 2017 intending pilgrims in the state.
Alhaji Muhammadu Abu-Rimi, the Executive Director of the board, made the disclosure at the formal commencement of pilgrims’ orientation in Daura on Wednesday.
He said the National Hajj Commission had officially announced Sunday, July 30, as the official date for the commencement of transportation of pilgrims to Saudi Arabia, nationwide. ‘‘Our remaining visas, 1, 930 for remaining intending pilgrims, will soon be processed,’’ he said.
Abu-Rimi further disclosed that the state government had secured befitting hotel accommodation closer to the two Holy Mosques in Mecca and Medina for the intending pilgrims.
The executive director stated that the board had also secured vehicles for pilgrims’ shuttle in the Holy land to ease their movements from one place to another.
‘‘We will provide free feeding and Sallah gift to our pilgrims.’’
He cautioned the intending pilgrims against carrying hard drugs, kolanut and other items declared illegal by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabian authorities.
The executive director, however, warned that whoever tried to violate the Saudi Arabian laws would have himself or herself to blame.