Hajj: NAHCON expresses satisfaction with air carriers


By Olugbenga Salami

Chairman/CEO of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan, has expressed satisfaction with the ongoing airlift of Nigerian pilgrims by the carriers across the country.

Hassan spoke during his visit to the Hajj Terminal of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja to monitor the airlift operation of the second batch of Nasarawa pilgrims and inspect the Aero Air aircraft deployed for the exercise.

The chairman, according to a statement signed by NAHCON’s
Deputy Director Information and Publications, Alhaji Mousa Ubandawaki, was accompanied on the visit by the Executive Secretary, Nasarawa State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Idris Al-Makura.

He expressed delight at the pace and the quality of the aircraft deployed for the operation and expressed the hope that the airliners and the state boards would sustain the momentum.

“I am very cool and happy with the way and manner we are going. I’m really satisfied. I pray and hope that we continue in the same way and tempo we started up till the end. I pray that we end the operation very well.

“I am also particularly very impressed with the quality and standard of the aircraft deployed which has many business class seats. It meant that we can have many business class on board the aircraft,” the chairman said.

The statement recalled that the flag-off/inauguration ceremony of the 2023 Hajj was held on Thursday with the airlift of the first batch of 470 Nasarawa State pilgrims by Max Air to Madina.

It disclosed that over 1400 pilgrims have so far been airlifted to the holy land, comprising those from Nasarawa, Plateau and Benue States.

The commission also added that Zamfara and Kwara States pilgrims were expected to be airlifted from Sokoto and Ilorin International Airports by the Air Peace and Flynas on Friday night.