By Tunde Niyi-Akinmade
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) on Tuesday announced the completion of airlifting of pilgrims for the 2019 hajj in Saudi Arabia.
Fatima Usara, head of public affairs division of NAHCON, in a statement, shortly after the last flight conveying NAHCON officials departed the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja to Saudi Arabia, said this year outbound airlifting exercise involved 93 flights that conveyed 44,450 pilgrims from state pilgrim’s welfare boards.
”The last aircraft that departed Abuja this morning transported 301 pilgrims left behind from various states of the federation,” she said.
“Consequently, NAHCON officials are expected to depart the country for Saudi Arabia having certified that no pilgrim is left behind.
“The management and staff of NAHCON commend all 2019 air carriers for joining hands and working round the clock to beat the deadline despite some hurdles encountered during the airlift,” she said.
The commission also commended the tireless efforts of the state pilgrims welfare boards and other stakeholders for the success of the exercise.
She said the commission also hopes to enjoy similar sense of teamwork for the success of the exercise when bringing the pilgrims back.