Stakeholders for the 2019 Hajj operations on Thursday expressed their readiness ahead of the July 10 inaugural airlift of the intending pilgrims to the Holy Land, saying that plans had been concluded to stage a successful operation.
This assurance was given at a stakeholders’ operational committee meeting, organised by National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Northwest zone, ahead of the July 10 airlift commencement.
Speaking with newsmen, the NAHCON’s Northwest Zonal Coordinator, Lawan Ahmad, said the essence of the meeting was to rub minds with the critical stakeholders in their preparations ahead of the commencement of the exercise.
He expressed satisfaction on the level of preparations of the stakeholders, urging them to sustain the tempo up to the end of the exercise.
He disclosed that the inaugural airlift would commence with Katsina State intending pilgrims on July 10, while the Kano State contingents would depart on July 11.
The coordinator appealed to the prospective pilgrims to be law-abiding while bearing in mind that they would be performing one of the pillars of Islam.
Mr Ahmad, therefore, urged the intending pilgrims to pray for peace and progress in Nigeria.
Earlier in his remark, the Kano State Assistant Commissioner of Police, Operations, Abubakar Shika, disclosed that the command had introduced new security strategies which would be used before, during and after the operation.
He, therefore, asked the NAHCON to provide the schedule of airlift to the command in order to ensure prompt response to emergencies.
On his part, the Head of Airport Operation, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Muhammad Bello, said machinery, including secret cameras and other scanning gadgets, had been deployed to detect any form of criminality in the airport.
He also disclosed that the airport operators are on high alert to activities of drug cartels who implicate innocent travelers by planting hard drugs in their luggage, saying they had put a stop to that illicit act.