Kano welfare board airlift pilgrims

Acheme Jack, Kano

The Kano State Pilgrims Welfare Board has airlifted 5,276 out of its 5,808 intending pilgrims to the Holy Land for the 2016 Hajj.

Spokesperson of the Board, Nuhu Badamasi said that the pilgrims were airlifted to the Holy land from the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport by Max Air in 11 flights.

“The board has so far airlifted a total of 5,276 intending pilgrims, while the remaining 532 pilgrims, who are on ground, will be airlifted on Wednesday. 

“With the number of pilgrims, who have so far been airlifted to the Holy land, we can say that the exercise is successful. 

“All things been equal, the exercise will be completed four days ahead of the September four deadline for the closure of King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah,” Badamasi explained.

Hitch Free Exercise
The spokesperson pointed out that the exercise had not experienced any hitch since the commencement of the airlift of the intending pilgrims on August 12.

Badamasi further urged the Airline to keep to its promise on the return airlift by sticking to the flight schedules, as well as ensuring that pilgrims return with their bags and luggages.

He commended the intending pilgrims for their prompt response to the announcement given by the board on Kano Radio and their adherence to the Saudi Arabian laws.

Badamasi equally hailed the Kano intending pilgrims for their patriotism, adding that no Kano intending Pilgrim has been found wanting in the Holy land, since their arrival in Saudi Arabia.