Jeddah - A total of 1,2680 pilgrims to this year’s hajj have
so far been transported back to Nigeria five days since the commencement of the
exercise, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON ) has announced.
The commission says the pilgrims were transported in 27
Mohammed Sanda, Head of Aviation Unit of the Commission,
told newsmen in Jeddah on Thursday that the operation had been going on
He attributed the success so far recorded to improved
communication between the Control Centre of the Commission at the airport,
NAHCON office in Makkah and the airlines.
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He said that where any hiccup was noticed either at the
airport or with aircraft, information was passed to the authorities of the
pilgrims in Makkah in order for them not to send the pilgrims to the airport.
According to Sanda, if the control centre noticed congestion
at the airport, the airlines were quickly alerted and in some cases advised to
reschedule the flight.
He expressed optimism that the operation would be concluded
before the deadline.
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