NAHCON concludes airlift of Nigerian Pilgrims, calls for strict compliance to regulations
Written by Uthy on August 7, 2019
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has completed the airlift of forty-four thousand, four hundred and fifty Nigerian pilgrims, including officials from states and the Federal Capital Territory to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Our Correspondent, Abdulrosheed Okiki gathered that NAHCON conveyed the Pilgrims in ninety-three flights from different parts of the country.
Available information from NAHCON’s Command and Control Centre said the last batch flew yesterday via Flynas XY5821 which departed Abuja for Jeddah with three hundred and one Pilgrims and nineteen officials.
The number, however, does not include the pilgrims that followed private tour operators who have also arrived the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi government had allocated ninety five thousand slots to Nigeria, out of which States get sixty five thousand, while private tour operators receive thirty thousand.
Meanwhile, the Chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Barrister Abdullahi Muhammad has commended the management and staff of all twenty nineteen air carriers for joining hands and working round the clock to beat the deadline despite some hurdles encountered through the airlift exercise.
He urged Pilgrims to be law abiding and follow rules and regulations issued in the holy land.
Barrister Muhammad assured Nigerians that the Commission would continue to deploy sense of teamwork for the success of the entire twenty nineteen Hajj season.
WRITTEN BY : ABDULROSHEED OKIKI @okikitweets