First batch of Kwara Pilgrims arrive in Ilorin

Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin

The first batch of the Kwara State Pilgrims to this year’s hajj exercise in Saudi Arabia have arrived in Ilorin International Airport aboard a Saudi-Arabia designated Airline, Flynas from King Abdul-Aziz International Airport, Jedda.

Five hundred and one (501) Pilgrims comprising of two hundred and fifty one females and two hundred and fifty males were received at the airport by family and friends.

Speaking on their arrival, the Permanent Secretary General Services, Governor’s Office, Alhaji Abdulrafiu Ayinla, said the pilgrims are in good condition of health and with their entire luggage are intact.

Meanwhile, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria plans to confer merit award on outstanding individuals, corporate organizations and states whose contributions have impacted positively on the success of this year’s Hajj exercise.

The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the commission, Alhaji Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammed, disclosed this at a gala night organised by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj, held at the Jeddah Hilton and Tower to mark the successful completion of the Hajj exercise.

A statement issued by the National Media Coordinator, Alhaji Musa Ubandawaki, stated that the reward system would not be only in recognition of the contributions or outstanding performances of deserving awardees but also serve as nectar to spur others towards making greater commitments.

According to him, as Hajj affairs managers, there is a need to constantly improve on knowledge in order to upgrade the service level of the pilgrims.

Earlier, the Saudi Arabian Minister of Hajj, Doctor Muhammed Saleh bn Tahir, had heaped praises on the various local organizing committees of Hajj twenty-sixteen as well as Hajj managers across the globe for their support and contributions towards making the exercise a greater success and hitch-free.

He prayed for Allah’s guidance and journey mercies for all the pilgrims and their managers to their various destinations.