No registered Nigerian pilgrim will miss 2022 Hajj exercise – NAHCON
The Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan, has assured that no registered pilgrim for the 2022 Hajj would be left in Nigeria at the end of the deadline for the airlift of pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.
Alhaji Hassan described this year’s Hajj as an emergency one in the sense that it took Saudi Arabia time, unlike the previous ones to give short notice for preparations.
It would be recalled that no fewer than 43, 000 Nigerian pilgrims registered through 36 states, to participate in this year’s holy pilgrimage in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
He said that the commission would complete the transportation of the majority of pilgrims on Sunday, and finalise it by the following day, in the event of any left over.
Alhaji Hassan disclosed that the commission contracted three airlines, Max Air, Azman Air and Flynas, Saudi Arabia designated Airlines for the exercise.
He regretted that most states were not fully prepared probably because of the shortness of the notice, and as a result, the flights were fluctuating.
The NAHCON’s boss hinted that the commission had transported over 22, 000 Nigerian pilgrims to Saudi Arabia as at Wednesday, expressing hope that the airlift would be concluded before the deadline set by Saudi authorities.
He stressed that in the event that there are few ones who are getting ready, the totality of Nigerian pilgrims would be in Saudi Arabia by Monday.