Kano - The Kano State Pilgrims Welfare Board, says 4, 478 out of the 5, 602 intending pilgrims from the state have so far been transported to Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj.
Alhaji Nuhu Badamasi, the Public Relations Officer of the board, disclosed this in an interview in Kano on Sunday.
He said that the intending pilgrims were airlifted to the holy land through the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport in nine flights by Max Air.
According to him, the airline made its ninth flight with 530 pilgrims on Sunday morning around 7.30 a.m. with officials of the board.
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"This brings the total of our intending pilgrims so far airlifted to the Holy land to 4, 478, while the remaining 1, 124 are still on ground waiting for their flights," he said.
Badamasi expressed optimism that the remaining pilgrims would be air transported to the Holy land before the September 17 deadline.
"We are appreciative of the commitment of the airline as it has kept to its promise and flight schedules since the commencement of the exercise."
He, however, called on the remaining pilgrims to cooperate with the board to ensure the success of the airlift.
The airlift of the state’s intending pilgrims commenced on September 5.