The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, (NAHCON), has said that it has transported 51, 699 pieces of 5-litre bottles of ZamZam water to Nigeria for distribution to pilgrims upon their arrival from Saudi Arabia for Hajj 2019.
This delivery of Zamzam water has been in place in recent years to restrain pilgrims from packing Zamzam water into their luggages.
NAHCON, which have an update on continuation of the return journey by Pilgrims said weighing of luggages, which is another matter central to Hajj exercise is going on smoothly.
A statement by NAHCON spokesperson, Fatima Sanda Usara on Friday in Makkah recalled that the Chairman/CEO of NAHCON l, Barrister Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammad, had during a post Arafat meeting with stakeholders enjoined chief executives of State Pilgrims’ Welfare Boards to facilitate weighing of pilgrims’ 32 kg bags within the vicinity of the pilgrims’ lodge before being moved to the weighing and screening centres.
This effort, she said, “is to fasten the process and for the safety of pilgrims’ luggage”.
Similarly, Mrs Usara said, officials of NAHCON luggage Committee regularly conduct screening of 8kg hand luggages in order “to detect contraband items and to ensure that pilgrims do not board buses to Jeddah with multiple hand luggage”.
She said the strategy was introduced to arrest the unfortunate incidences of Nigerian pilgrims causing delays in the ever-busy Jeddah airport.
Update on movement
Mrs Usara also said Pilgrims’ movement to Madinah from Nigeria during the outbound trips “achieved an almost 100% record but for about 74 Ebonyi and 20 Anambra pilgrims yet to visit the Prophet’s city out of their welfare board’s volition”.
She said NAHCON ensured arrivals to Madinah so that pilgrims could have maximum time for worship and supplications in the prophet’s city.
She said arrangement has been concluded for the few yet to go to Madinah to transport them for the visit.
The NAHCON spokesperson said the third and final phase of the 2019 Hajj operations has since commenced with pilgrims’ return leg being conducted by Max Air and FlyNas airlines respectively.
“Over 6,000 pilgrims have returned in 13 flights. Thankfully, FlyNas is about to conclude airlift of Lagos pilgrims with only 11 pilgrims left on ground in Makkah. Other states where airlift has commenced and are recording steady progress include Katsina, Kebbi, Kano, Zamfara, Osun and Kaduna states.,” she said.
She also said parts of the activities of the final phase of Hajj 2019 operation were series of courtesy visits to state pilgrims by NAHCON officials and board members.
“The visits were conducted with the aim of listening to the pilgrims’ complaints and observations for the sake of incorporating the observations in future planning if the viewpoints are tenable.
“NAHCON teams have gone round the states’ accommodations in Makkah,” Mrs Usara said.
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