Hajj: First 460 La­gos pil­grims de­part

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, La­gos

The batch of La­gos pil­grims yes­ter­day departed Mur­tala Mo­hammed In­ter­na­tional Air­port (MMIA) with 460 pas­sen­gers on­board.

The Med-View Air­line Boe­ing 747-400 air­craft which con­veyed the pil­grims took off at 12:52 pm in the pres­ence of of­fi­cials of the Na­tional Hajj Com­mis­sion of Nige­ria (NAHCON), the State Pil­grims Wel­fare Board, Fed­eral Air­ports Au­thor­ity of Nige­ria (FAAN) and the air­line.

The 460 pil­grims who left for King Ab­dul Aziz In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Jed­dah were among the over 2000 Lagosians who would be per­form­ing the pil­grim­age.

The Manag­ing Direc­tor and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Med-View Air­line, Al­haji Muneer Bankole said the air­line first had ded­i­cated three air­craft to air­lift pil­grims on sched­ule. He said since the com­mence­ment of the air­lift ex­er­cise last week, it had been go­ing on smoothly, as­sur­ing that in the next one week, the air­lift of La­gos zone com­pris­ing the South West pil­grims would be com­pleted.

The La­gos State Com­mis­sioner for Home Af­fairs, Dr. Ab­dulHa­keem Ab­dul­la­teef who is the state Amirul- Hajj, said the state had given the pil­grims ad­e­quate en­light­en­ment to go to the holy land, learn from the devel­op­men­tal ef­forts of Saudi Ara­bia and repli­cate them in Nige­ria.

The South­west Com­mis­sioner of NAHCON, Imam Fuad Adeyemi, had stepped up en­light­en­ment ef­forts to en­sure max­i­mum com­pli­ance of pil­grims with the rules and reg­u­la­tions.

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