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First batch of Kebbi pilgrims depart on Friday – ES

 

Hajj Reporters

 

Kebbi state pilgrims welfare agency is set to airlift its first batch of pilgrims to Saudi Arabia by Friday Insha Allah.

 

Speaking to HAJJ REPORTERS, The Executive Secretary of the Agency, Alh Hamisu Garba said the first flight is expected to depart with 428 pilgrims by Friday.

 

The Executive Secretary said “all the 428 pilgrims in the lists for the first flight have gotten their visa and are ready to be evacuated on Friday.

 

Earlier, the Chairman of the Agency (PWA), Alhaji Haruna Abubakar Mai told newsmen that the maiden flight from the state is expected to take off on Thursday, June 23. He said that a total number of 2,128 Kebbi pilgrims will be airlifted to Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj.

 

The Chairman said no pregnant women will be allowed to board the plane as all-female pilgrims will be screened and tested for pregnancy therefore none will evade.

 

He explained that part of the safety measures taken to protect pilgrims and officials of the agency include the presentation of yellow cards by each pilgrim across genders which is the evidence of COVID-19 vaccination otherwise no pilgrim will be allowed into the camp.

 

He stressed that a habitable accommodation has been secured for all the pilgrims including transport arrangements from Jeddah airport to Mecca city and other be places designated for Hajj rituals.

 

He urged them to be good ambassadors of Nigeria while in the Holy Land “I enjoy you all to exhibit good morals, keep off crimes and other social vices.

 

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