The Chairman/CEO of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan, has expressed satisfaction with the ongoing airlift of Nigerian pilgrims across the country.
This was made known by the Deputy Director of Information and Publications, NAHCON, Mousa Ubandawaki, in a statement.
Ubandawaki said Hassan was at the Hajj Terminal of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja on Friday to monitor the airlift operations of the second batch of Nasarawa State pilgrims and inspect the Aero Air aircraft deployed for the exercise.
Alhaji Hassan, who was accompanied on the visit by the Executive Secretary, Nasarawa State Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Idris Al-Makura, expressed delight at the pace and quality of the aircraft deployed for the operations and hoped that the airliners and the state boards would sustain the momentum.
He said: “I am very cool and happy with the way and manner we are going.
“I’m really satisfied.
“I pray and hope that we continue in the same way and tempo we started up till the end.
“I pray that we end the operation very well.
“I am also particularly very impressed with the quality and standard of the aircraft deployed, which has many business class seats.
“It meant that we can have many business class on board the aircraft.”
It would be recalled that the flag-off/inauguration ceremony of the 2023 Hajj was held on Thursday with the airlift of the first batch of 470 Nasarawa State pilgrims by Max Air to Madina.
Over 1,400 pilgrims have so far been airlifted to the Holy land, comprising pilgrims from Nasarawa, Plateau and Benue States.
Zamfara and Kwara States pilgrims were expected to have been airlifted from Sokoto and Ilorin International Airports by Air Peace and Flynas on Friday night (yesterday).