The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, has so far airlifted 6,396 Nigerian pilgrims in 13 flights to Saudi Arabia for the forthcoming 2019 hajj exercise.
Statistics released by the Command and Control Centre of the commission yesterday further revealed that pilgrims from Katsina, Lagos, Kano, Kaduna, Kebbi, and Kwara had been airlifted to the holy land.
DAILY NIGERIAN observed that transportation is being carried out by the approved three airlines, Max Air Ltd, Medview and Flynas.
It was also observed that all the pilgrims are currently being accommodated in their hotels in Madina.
Meanwhile, the registration for the 2019 pilgrims is expected to end today, July 15, 2019.
However, in an interview with newsmen, on Saturday, the Ag. Secretary of NAHCON and also Madinah coordinator Ahmad Maigari, said the pilgrims came into Saudi Arabia in two flights each from Lagos and Katsina States and one flight from Kano State.
He said all the pilgrims had been allocated their accommodation at Markassiya, which is two minutes to Prophet’s mosque in Madinah.
According to him, no serious medical issue had been recorded so far.
“The States pilgrims welfare boards had been directed to intensify enlightenment campaigns especially on the need for pilgrims to patronise registered Bureau De Change instead of black market for money exchange,” Mr Maigari said.
He advised them to visit registered Bureau De Change in company of State official to forestall extortion.