1st batch of pilgrims arrive Saudi Arabia

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Pilgrims boarding flight for Hajj
Pilgrims boarding flight for Hajj

By Idris Abdulrahman

Some officials of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) and the first batch of 445 pilgrims from Kogi on Saturday arrived in Madinah, Saudi Arabia.

The pilgrims, comprising also officials of Kogi Pilgrims Commission and 204 females, were transported by Max Air to Prince Muhammad Abdullaziz International Airport, Madinah via the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.

The contingent was headed by the Chairman of the commission, Sheikh Lukman Abdullahi.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the flight also conveyed some members of the National Media Team set up by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).

The Public Relations Officer of the state’s commission, Alhaji Isa Abdulrahman, told NAN in Madinah that the government was satisfied with the arrangement made by NAHCON for the journey.

“We are pleased because this is the first time arrangement for airlift is being perfected for Hajj.

“Kogi government was assure of perfect arrangement by NAHCON and so far they are on the right track,” he said.

The advance team of NAHCON, comprising members of accommodation, feeding and medical committees, had arrived in Saudi Arabia to ensure structures for the pilgrimage by Nigerians were in good shape. (NAN)

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