The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria on Tuesday announced the completion of the outbound transportation of Nigerian pilgrims expected to participate in the 2019 hajj in Saudi Arabia.
The announcement was contained in a statement made available to News Agency of Nigeria by the Head of Public Affairs Division of NAHCON, Fatima Usara, shortly after the last flight conveying NAHCON officials departed the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja to Saudi Arabia.
According to Usara, the 2019 hajj operation spanned 93 flights that conveyed 44,450 pilgrims from State pilgrim’s welfare boards.
She said: “The last Flynas aircraft that departed Abuja this morning transported 301 pilgrims left behind from various states of the federation.
“Consequently, NAHCON officials are expected to depart the country for Saudi Arabia having certified that no pilgrim is left behind.
“The management and staff of NAHCON commend all 2019 air carriers for joining hands and working round the clock to beat the deadline despite some hurdles encountered during the airlift.”
The commission also commended the tireless efforts of the state pilgrims welfare boards and other stakeholders for the success of the exercise.
According to Usara, the commission also hopes to enjoy similar sense of teamwork for the success of the exercise when bringing the pilgrims back.