After 73 flights into Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from Nigeria for the 2022 Hajj, a total of 29,128 pilgrims are safely in Makkah. Similarly, 920 officials have been transported within the airlift period. Most pilgrims have been moved to Makkah in preparation for Arafat that will take place on Friday, 10th July.
From the Private Tour Operators, 8620 visas have been processed. About seven thousand of the intending pilgrims are currently in Saudi Arabia. In addition, NAHCON and leadership of Association of Hajj and Umrah Operators in Nigeria (AHOUN) assure that all LTO pilgrims will be flown out of Nigeria before 12 midnight.
The rescue operation will be conducted in Abuja, Lagos, and Kano. FlyNas will provide three aircraft while Kam Air, another Saudi Airline, has been contacted on standby in case there is need to deploy another aircraft. Meanwhile, All Tour Operators are to call the following numbers to coordinate movement of the pilgrims. They are:
Nasiru Chamo, 08069776880- Kano zone
Alhaji Haruna Ismael, 0806000190 – Kano Zone
Alh Mansur, 08035043330- Abuja zoneAlh Kazeem, 0802 304 8180- Lagos zone
Alhaji Abdulhakeem Olanigan, 07062220505- Lagos
NAHCON management and the AHOUN leadership urge the affected pilgrims to assemble at the agreed location for screening and consequent conveyance to Saudi Arabia for the pilgrimage.
Similarly, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria is determined all intending pilgrims that NAHCON will not leave any pilgrim behind God willing. The Chairman will remain behind to ensure that no one is disenfranchised.
Fatima Sanda Usara,
AD, Public Affairs,
The immediate past Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Zubairu Dada, …