By Muhammad Hadi


Officials of NSPWB supervising the weighing of pilgrims’ luggage in Makkah.

As the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) strives to beat the deadline given by the Saudi Arabian authorities to evacuate all pilgrims before 15th September, 2019, the Niger State Pilgrims Welfare Board is set for its first flight tomorrow.

Of the 3, 280 pilgrims from the state, 555 would be airlifted back home tomorrow, Monday.

The Director of Operations, Mal. Attahiru Bala Dukku made this known to journalists at Kudai, Misfalah accommodation in Makkah, today.

The Director pointed out that the Airline that airlifted the state pilgrims, (Max Air) was also scheduled for the return journey was set for it’s first flight, according the flight schedule sent by NAHCON, through the director operations and copy sighted by  Newsline, the flight was expected to depart Jeddah Airport tomorrow, Monday, being 2nd September, 2019 by 7.35pm local time.

Mal. Dukku said that flight and transport committee are presently at the field office of the Mu’assasah busy sorting out and arranging the passports for the first and second flights.

He confirmed that about 700 32kg bags belonging to pilgrims of first and second flights have already been weighed and already evacuated to Jeddah in preparation for the take- off tomorrow.

Mal. Dukku expressed his delight over what he described as total compliance by pilgrims on shying away from exceeding the approved limit of 32kg main luggage, adding that the weighing exercise taking place in Makkah was so far moving smoothly without any hitch nor time wasting. He confirmed that the board was preparing another request for schedule of the second flight which will be forwarded to NAHCON, tomorrow.

The director used the opportunity to call on all pilgrims to extend the compliance to the hand luggage by shunning all contraband items such as metal objects, drugs, toothpaste, anything liquid, among others, and multiple hand luggage was not allowed because according to him, there is another screening committee by NAHCON that would also screen pilgrims and their 8kg bags at the airport. He then enjoined all pilgrims to go for their Tawaf-al-Wadai in good time.

As at today, commercial activities in the city of  Makkah, is gradually coming to a halt.

About 44, 450 pilgrims performed this year’s Hajj from Nigeria, out of which, 20, 734 have so far been airlifted to Nigeria in a total of 43 flights.

Over two million pilgrims performed this year’s Hajj across the globe.