The Airlift of 2018 intending Pilgrims from Nigeria for this year’s pilgrimage in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is expected to begin from the 21st July 2018.
This was disclosed by the Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Abdullah Muhammad Mukhtar, in Abuja at the Final Preparatory Meeting for the 2018 Hajj.
Abdullah Mukhtar, said the Airlift is expected to kick-start with Kogi State Pilgrims, adding that the inaugural flight is expected, like last year, to be at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.
According to him, “from the 2018 Hajj, Official Visas would be approved and issued to only persons that would serve the pilgrims in the Holy Land. Henceforth no Official Visas to VIPs that have no role to play in the service of pilgrims.”
“States have been advised to strictly comply and stick to the directives to avoid embarrassment.”
He stated that, all Nigerian pilgrims to the 2018 Hajj would visit Madinah in the first leg (before Arafat) and are expected to spent not exceeding 8 days.
The Chairman also revealed that, States are expected to make adequate arrangement for the movement of their pilgrims to Makkah within the stipulated date as any pilgrim who stayed for more than 8 days would be surcharged.
Present at the final preparatory meeting, included Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Mrs Khadijah Bukar, Chairmen Senate and House Committees on Hajj, Aviation regulatory, and State Pilgrims Welfare Agencies, and Airlines contracted for the airlift of the 2018 hajj exercise from Nigeria.