Those Who Are Planning to Travel to Niger Are Urged to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine. The Niger State Pilgrims Welfare Board has issued a directive to prospective pilgrims from the state who have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccination to do so as soon as possible, with the warning that failure to comply with the directive would result in the pilgrim being excluded from the activity.

This information was presented by Alhaji Umar Makun Lapai, the executive secretary of the board, at a meeting held in Minna, the capital of the state, with the pilgrims’ welfare officials from the surrounding region.

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He said that it was vital to make the call due to the hazards that were involved with the epidemic. He gave the would-be pilgrims his word that they would be provided with sufficient logistical support during their whole time in the holy land.

Lapai instructed would-be pilgrims who still owed money toward the cost of doing the Hajj to send it in as soon as possible, citing the fact that the additional two weeks of time allotted for the grace period ended on Saturday.

He said that because of the limited amount of time, the board had made the decision to make the remaining hajj seats available to interested intending pilgrims who had the financial means to pay in order to prevent the allocations from being lost.

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