By Mustapha Adamu
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has beat the deadline and airlifted all the 44,450 Nigerian pilgrims who registered through State Pilgrims’ Welfare Boards/Commissions and Agencies.
A statement by Fatima Sanda Usara,
Head, Public Affairs, NAHCON, said the operation, which spanned 93 flights ended on August 6 with the last batch of 301 pilgrims, who departed Abuja aboard Flynas aircraft.
The statement also said NAHCON officials also departed the country for Saudi Arabia on the 6th of August 2019, having certified that no pilgrim is left behind.
“Therefore, NAHCON Chairman Barrister Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammad, on behalf of NAHCON management and staff commends all 2019 air carriers for joining hands and working round the clock to beat the deadline despite some hurdles encountered through the airlift exercise.
“Similar commendation goes to state pilgrims’ welfare boards for their teamwork and tireless efforts geared towards success of the operation, the pilgrims and all other Hajj stakeholders for making the outbound movement a success.
“The Commission hopes that a similar sense of teamwork will be deployed for the success of the entire 2019 Hajj season,” said the statement